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Viruses Have a Secret, Altruistic Social Life

April 15, 2019

Researchers are beginning to understand the ways in which viruses strategically manipulate and cooperate with one another.

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2018 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize

A Poet of Computation Who Uncovers Distant Truths

August 1, 2018

The theoretical computer scientist Constantinos Daskalakis has won the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize for explicating core questions in game theory and machine learning.

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Why Winning in Rock-Paper-Scissors (and in Life) Isn’t Everything

April 2, 2018

What does John Nash’s game theory equilibrium concept look like in Rock-Paper-Scissors?

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Solution: ‘Triumph or Cooperation in Game Theory and Evolution’

December 8, 2017

How well does the Nash equilibrium concept from game theory map to the real world?

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How to Triumph and Cooperate in Game Theory and Evolution

November 9, 2017

In applying game theory to biology and human behavior, have scientists focused too much on competition over cooperation?

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In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium

July 18, 2017

John Nash’s notion of equilibrium is ubiquitous in economic theory, but a new study shows that it is often impossible to reach efficiently.

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A Life in Games

August 28, 2015

The mathematician John Horton Conway’s myriad accomplishments — including the Game of Life, sprouts and the surreal numbers — are the product of a mind at play.

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Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

February 12, 2015

A new solution to the prisoner’s dilemma, a classic game theory scenario, has created new puzzles in evolutionary biology.

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The Game Theory of Life

June 18, 2014

An insight borrowed from computer science suggests that evolution values both fitness and diversity.