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Lectures on Mathematical foundations of evolutionary theory

I looked through my lectures on the course I gave twice during the last couple of years and made some small changes, fixed a few typos, etc. Here are all the lectures together, in Russian: Lecture 0: A naive introduction … Continue reading

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Kin and kind (again about kin selection)

Now the details of the story Nowak et al. vs kin selection are in New Yorker. Here is a post by Jerry Coyne with his critique of the article.

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On kin selection (update)

This is an update on this post. The evolutionary biology community answered massively in the last Nature issue. There are total of 5 brief communications stating that Nowak et al. are wrong, who still stand by their work and claim … Continue reading

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The Price of Altruism

I just started reading this book and wish to say a couple of words. This book is fantastic. The only downside for me is very blossoming language, which makes me feel that I am not that fluent in English. In … Continue reading

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A short history of mathematical population dynamics

This is a very recent book that provides a short overview of some of the major accomplishments of the mathematical modeling in biological sciences for the last thousand years. The book is short and very well illustrated, and the author … Continue reading

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Video of the lectures by Alexey Kondrashov

Several first lectures of the course by Alexey Kondrashov at Lomonosov University have appeared at the site Univertv.ru. The exact link is http://univertv.ru/kursy_i_lekcii/?id=158635

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On ants, almost

I have just read the paper by Nowak et al.  http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v466/n7310/full/nature09205.html The reaction is mostly wonder who the reviewers were. After browsing the Internet it was good to find out that my amusement is shared by very respectful people: http://johnhawks.net/weblog/topics/evolution/theory/inclusive-fitness-nowak-wilson-2010.htmlContinue reading

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Mathematics and biology

Is mathematics actually important for biology? Not statistics, which is a necessary tool for any person with some data at hands, but the math, which is used to formulate mathematical models? Or, putting in other words, do the mathematical models … Continue reading

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