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Mathematical Models of Social Evolution: A Guide for the Perplexed

Richard McElreath and Robert Boyd


Over the last several decades, mathematical models have become central to the study of social evolution, both in biology and the social sciences. But students in these disciplines often seriously lack the tools to understand them. A primer on behavioral modeling that includes both mathematics and evolutionary theory, this book aims to make the student and professional researcher in biology and the social sciences fully conversant in the language of the field. Teaching biological concepts from which models can be developed, the book introduces readers to many of the typical mathematical tools t ... More

Keywords: mathematical models, social evolution, behavioral modeling, evolutionary theory, biology, mathematical tools, evolutionary models, behavior, mathematics, social sciences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226558264
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226558288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard McElreath, author

Robert Boyd, author