Q & A

Sigmund, K. (2004). Q & A. Current Biology 14 (14) R541. 10.1016/j.cub.2004.07.003.

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Karl Sigmund is professor at the faculty of mathematics of the University of Vienna, and also works at the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg. He studied mathematics and worked on dynamical systems before turning to population genetics, theoretical ecology and evolutionary game theory...

What turned you on to biology in the first place? I hit upon a German version of Darwin's 'Descent of Man' at the tender age of twelve. I cannot possibly have understood much of it, but was immediately fascinated, first by a photo of old Darwin, whose piercing eyes haunted me, and then by the idea of having apes among my forebears: it explained why I felt so happy in the tree-tops. Besides, I liked the fact that not a few of my elder family members - catholics all - were distressed to see the book in my hands. Much later, I noticed that a thoughtful editor had removed the parts on sexual selection. What would my relatives have said to that!...

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Adaptive Dynamics Network (ADN)
Bibliographic Reference: Current Biology; 14(14):R541 (27 July 2004) (Published online 26 July 2004)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:16
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:37
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/7135

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