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"Death of an Altruist," by James Schwartz. Lingua Franca, July/August2000.

This article tells of the life and research of George Price. "He was the firstto apply the principles of game theory to the analysis of animal conflicts, andhe discovered an elegant formula to describe evolutionary change," Schwartzwrites. Price's story is a tragic one---he received little recognition when hewas alive and killed himself in 1975 by cutting his throat with a pair of nailclippers.

--- Michael Breen