Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"The good, the bad and the lonely," by Franziska Michor and Martin A. Nowak.Nature, 17 October 2002.

Researchers Michor (in the Department of Organismic and EvolutionaryBiology, Harvard University) and Nowak (at the Institute for AdvancedStudy, Princeton) propose that "in game theory, 'loners' who choose notto participate in fact promote cooperation between players. The dynamicsof the game show phase transitions and complex phenomena reminiscent ofstatistical physics."

--- Annette Emerson