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Best-selling author Martin Nowak to present a Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 Simons Public Lecture on the evolution of cooperation

October 1, 2013

Who: Evolutionary biologist and author of the best-selling book SuperCooperators Martin Nowak
What:  Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) Simons Public Lecture
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
Where: University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis

Evolutionary biologist Martin Nowak, author of the best-selling book SuperCooperators, will share his cutting-edge research on the mysteries of cooperation at an Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) Simons Public Lecture.  Professor Nowak’s talk is one in a series of nine public lectures, generously funded by the Simons Foundation, at various locations around the world.

Nowak will present his lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis. Please purchase your tickets online at www.IMASimonsLecture.eventbrite.com. Use code "IMA" to waive the $6.50 fee.

The event is hosted by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications within the University’s College of Science and Engineering.

About the lecture and speaker
According to Nowak, many problems that challenge us today can be traced back to a tension between what is good and desirable for society as a whole and what is good and desirable for an individual. This conflict is illustrated in global problems such as climate change, pollution, hunger, and overpopulation.

During his lecture, Nowak will present five mechanisms for the evolution of cooperation: direct reciprocity (tit for tat), indirect reciprocity (power of reputation), spatial games (chessboard of life), group selection (tribal wars), and kin selection (nepotism). Nowak argues that cooperation—not competition–is the key to the evolution of complexity.

Nowak is a professor of biology and mathematics and director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on evolution and game theory. He is "one of the most exciting modelers working in the field of mathematical biology today," according to The New York Times. He has published more than 300 papers and has been widely praised for revolutionizing the mathematical approach to biology.

For more information, visit www.ima.umn.edu/public-lecture.

About Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013)
Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) is a year-long program to showcase the role of mathematics in developing a better understanding of dynamic processes affecting Planet Earth, ranging from geophysical systems governing climate to economic and financial activity. This initiative aims to promote the essential relevance of mathematics in planetary issues, raise awareness of mathematics, address global challenges through mathematics, and create a context for mathematical and interdisciplinary developments.

About the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications
Founded in 1982, the IMA promotes vigorous collaboration among mathematicians, engineers, biologists, chemists, physicists, and other applied scientists, attracting more than 1,200 visitors per year. Since its establishment, the IMA has grown to become among the most influential math institutes in the world. Its mission is to connect scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in order to address scientific and technological challenges in a collaborative, engaging environment, developing transformative, new mathematics and exploring its applications, while training the next generation of researchers and educators.

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