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Super Cooperators: Evolution, Altruism and Human Behaviour or, Why We Need Each Other to Succeed
Super Cooperators: Evolution, Altruism and Human Behaviour or, Why We Need Each Other to Succeed
by Martin Nowak
Edition: Paperback

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Selfish Gene, 17 Jun 2011
While this book does introduce the ideas that Nowak has been exploring throughout his academic life, it is light on detail. Whereas the selfish gene was dense with ideas and conclusions, this book spends more time talking about all the amazing scientists Nowak has worked with/inspired/been inspired by, along with nice descriptions about the Austrian alps.

It seems he was told to include lots of human anecdotes to keep his audience engaged, and to shy away from any maths/detailed explanation. What a shame, because the ideas are intriguing. (Oh, and I hate the references - stuffed together in the bibliography but with no 'reference' to them from within the chapter itself - after being frustrated by the paucity of detail about the subject, a nice link to more information would have been greatly appreciated)

All in all a good entrée, but certainly not the whole meal.

(BTW the reviewers who talk about 'selfishness not being to anybody's advantage' are plain wrong. The whole point of the Prisoner's Dilemma is that it pays to be selfish - the whole point of Nowak's research is to define under what circumstances cooperation can succeed in spite of this. Also, he regularly mentions the wave of selfishness/cooperation that ebbs and flows through his simulations - it is not static!)

Psych - Season 1 [DVD]
Psych - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Roday
Price: £9.70

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Psych then your love, erm, Psych, 7 Feb 2009
This review is from: Psych - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I'd only seen the great second season of Psych before purchasing this DVD set; and it is just as good. A little less developed, but just as fun. Now if only the Third season had managed to maintain that momentum...

The Algorithm Design Manual
The Algorithm Design Manual
by Steven S Skiena
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £48.59

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Your Algorithms and Data Structures?, 7 Feb 2009
Then this is the book for you. It goes into just enough detail about O notation and particular algorithms/datastructures to whet you appetite, and pointers to where to find more information. I thoroughly recommend it for people in the industry who haven't been exposed to this stuff for years.

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