game theory

Does it pay to be nice? Yes, it does. And we're not just talking about that warm fuzzy feeling inside, it pays in evolutionary terms of genetic success too. We talk to Martin Nowak about how the mathematics of evolution prove that being nice is unavoidable.

It does pay to be nice if you repeatedly deal with the same person. Martin Nowak explains why cooperation also wins in matters of reputation, neighbourliness and family. But can evolutionary game theory save the world?

One of the most puzzling aspects of human behaviour is cooperation, in situations where backstabbing and selfishness would seem to be more rewarding. From the point of view of evolutionary theory, the very existence of altruism and cooperation appear mysterious.

Why do most of us stick to social rules? Game theory offers an explanation.

Whatever you think of Donald Trump, we bet you didn't think he was good at game theory.

This article casts a mathematical eye over a famous non-game enjoyed by thousands of people up and down the UK every week.

A mathematical "paradox" explains why more roads don't necessarily mean fewer traffic jams.

Yes, it does. And we have the maths to prove it.

How to never lose when playing tic-tac-toe the other way around.

Why game theory is a serious business.