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Analysis of Evolutionary Processes: The Adaptive Dynamics Approach and its Applications

Series: Princeton Series in Theoretical and Computational Biology

By: Fabio Dercole and Sergio Rinaldi

352 pages, illus, tables

Princeton University Press

Hardback | Mar 2008 | #172955 | ISBN-13: 9780691120065
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Quantitative approaches to evolutionary biology traditionally consider evolutionary change in isolation from an important pressure in natural selection: the demography of coevolving populations. In Analysis of Evolutionary Processes, Fabio Dercole and Sergio Rinaldi have written the first comprehensive book on Adaptive Dynamics (AD), a quantitative modeling approach that explicitly links evolutionary changes to demographic ones. The book shows how the so-called AD canonical equation can answer questions of paramount interest in biology, engineering, and the social sciences, especially economics.

After introducing the basics of evolutionary processes and classifying available modeling approaches, Dercole and Rinaldi give a detailed presentation of the derivation of the AD canonical equation, an ordinary differential equation that focuses on evolutionary processes driven by rare and small innovations. The authors then look at important features of evolutionary dynamics as viewed through the lens of AD. They present their discovery of the first chaotic evolutionary attractor, which calls into question the common view that coevolution produces exquisitely harmonious adaptations between species. And, opening up potential new lines of research by providing the first application of AD to economics, they show how AD can explain the emergence of technological variety.

Analysis of Evolutionary Processes will interest anyone looking for a self-contained treatment of AD for self-study or teaching, including graduate students and researchers in mathematical and theoretical biology, applied mathematics, and theoretical economics.

Any scientist interested in evolutionary theory should become familiar with the techniques presented here, and there is currently no better source. -- Peter A. Abrams, American Journal of Human Biology


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About the authors:
Fabio Dercole is assistant professor at Politecnico di Milano, in Milan, Italy. Sergio Rinaldi is professor of system theory at Politecnico di Milano and holds an appointment with the IIASA Evolution and Ecology Program. He is the coauthor of Positive Linear Systems: Theory and Applications and Modeling and Control of River Quality, among other volumes.

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Biography

Fabio Dercole is assistant professor at Politecnico di Milano, in Milan, Italy. Sergio Rinaldi is professor of system theory at Politecnico di Milano and holds an appointment with the IIASA Evolution and Ecology Program. He is the coauthor of "Positive Linear Systems: Theory and Applications" and "Modeling and Control of River Quality", among other volumes.

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