Department Colloquia
Can Evolutionary Dynamics Be Understood Quantitatively?
Speaker: Daniel S. Fisher (Stanford University, Physics)


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  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 11/02/2011
  • Time: 04:00 PM

  • Location: 340 West Hall

  • Description: Although the basic laws of evolution have been known for more than a century and there has been extensive mathematical work, little is understood quantitatively about the underlying dynamical processes. The talk will discuss some basic quantitative questions and challenges together with a summary of recent progress (from the viewpoint of a statistical physicist) on developing mathematical understanding of several aspects of evolutionary dynamics, including the benefits of sex and the development of genetic diversity.