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Galileo UnboundA Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything$
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David D. Nolte

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805847.001.0001

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Darwin in the Clockworks

Darwin in the Clockworks

(p.232) Chapter 10 Darwin in the Clockworks
Galileo Unbound

David D. Nolte

Oxford University Press

The preceding chapters established the central role played by families of trajectories in phase space to explain the time evolution of complex systems. This chapter, in turn, uses these ideas to explore the history and development of the theory of natural evolution by Charles Darwin and others. Darwin had many influences, including ideas from Thomas Malthus in the context of economic dynamics. After Darwin, the ideas of evolution matured to encompass broad topics in evolutionary dynamics and the emergence of the idea of fitness landscapes and game theory driving the origin of new species. This chapter shows how the rise of genetics with Gregor Mendel supplied a firm foundation for molecular evolution, leading to the molecular clock of Linus Pauling and the replicator dynamics of Richard Dawkins.

Keywords:   Darwin, natural selection, evolutionary dynamics, Malthus, population dynamics, Lotka and Volterra, Cournot, Walras, economic dynamics, Mendel

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