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- DescriptionHow does cooperation emerge among selfish individuals? When do people share resources, punish those they consider unfair, and engage in joint enterprises? These questions fascinate philosophers, biologists, and ecomists alike, for the invisible hand that should turn selfish efforts into public benefit is t always at work. The Calculus of Selfishness looks at social dilemmas where cooperative motivations are subverted and self-interest becomes self-defeating. Karl Sigmund, a pioneer in evolutionary game theory, uses simple and well-kwn game theory models to examine the foundations of collective action and the effects of reciprocity and reputation. Focusing on some of the best-kwn social and ecomic experiments, including games such as the Prisoner's Dilemma, Trust, Ultimatum, Swdrift, and Public Good, Sigmund explores the conditions leading to cooperative strategies. His approach is based on evolutionary game dynamics, applied to deterministic and probabilistic models of ecomic interactions. Exploring basic strategic interactions among individuals guided by self-interest and caught in social traps, The Calculus of Selfishness analyzes to what extent one key facet of human nature--selfishness--can lead to cooperation.
- Author BiographyKarl Sigmund is professor of mathematics at the University of Vienna. He is the author of Games of Life (Penguin), coauthor of Evolutionary Games and Population Dynamics, and a contributor to Nature and Science.
- Author(s)Karl Sigmund
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication12/07/2016
- Series TitlePrinceton Series in Theoretical and Computational Biology
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2010
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight257 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine10 mm
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