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DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIUM | Can Evolutionary Dynamics Be Understood Quantitatively? Speaker: Daniel S. Fisher (Stanford University, Physics)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
12:00 AM
340 West Hall

Speaker: Daniel S. Fisher (Stanford University, Physics)

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.