The strategy concept and John Maynard Smith's influence on theoretical biology

TitleThe strategy concept and John Maynard Smith's influence on theoretical biology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsLaubichler, M D., Hagen E H., and Hammerstein P
JournalBiology & Philosophy
Volume20
Pagination1041–1050
KeywordsDEVELOPMENTAL EVOLUTION, DYNAMICS, evolutionary developmental biology, evolutionary stable strategy, game theory, INNOVATIONS, PRICE EQUATION, PROMISE, SELECTION, theoretical biology
Abstract

Here we argue that the concept of strategies, as it was introduced into biology by John Maynard Smith, is a prime illustration of the four dimensions of theoretical biology in the postgenomic era. These four dimensions are: data analysis and management, mathematical and computational model building and simulation, concept formation and analysis, and theory integration. We argue that all four dimensions of theoretical biology are crucial to future interactions between theoretical and empirical biologists as well as with philosophers of biology.