On October 8, 2013, the Coffman Memorial Theater on the University of Minnesota (UMN) campus was filled to the brim for Martin Nowak’s public lecture "The Evolution of Cooperation: Do We Need Each Other to Succeed?"
The lecture, sponsored by the Simons Foundation, was held as part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) 2013 series, a year-long program showcasing the role of mathematics in developing a better understanding of dynamic processes affecting Planet Earth.
More than 400 people were in attendance for his exciting and thought-provoking talk, including mathematics and other UMN faculty, friends of the IMA, high school students, local industry members, and people from all across the Twin Cities.
Nowak, a leading expert on evolution and game theory and a professor at Harvard University, has published more than 300 papers and has been widely praised for revolutionizing the mathematical approach to biology.
Pictured above (left to right): University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Dean Steven Crouch, Martin Nowak, Harvard University, and IMA Director Fadil Santosa (photo credit: David Grube)