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Chris Cannings: A Life in Games

Bishop, D. T., Broom, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-1698-5495 & Southwell, R. (2019). Chris Cannings: A Life in Games. Dynamic Games and Applications, 10(3), pp. 591-617. doi: 10.1007/s13235-019-00343-x


Chris Cannings was one of the pioneers of evolutionary game theory. His early work was inspired by the formulations of John Maynard Smith, Geoff Parker and Geoff Price; Chris recognized the need for a strong mathematical foundation both to validate stated results and to give a basis for extensions of the models. He was responsible for fundamental results on matrix games, as well as much of the theory of the important war of attrition game, patterns of evolutionarily stable strategies, multiplayer games and games on networks. In this paper we describe his work, key insights and their influence on research by others in this increasingly important field. Chris made substantial contributions to other areas such as population genetics and segregation analysis, but it was to games that he always returned. This review is written by three of his students from different stages of his career.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Evolutionary games, Evolutionarily stable strategy, War of attrition, Multiplayer games, Games on graphs
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Mathematics
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