pp 767-768 Editorial
pp 769-772 Article in a Box
pp 773-773 Article in a Box
pp 776-776 Science Smiles
pp 777-801 General Article
The modern era is marked by magnificent advances in information and communication technologies and has created opportunities for powerful new applications. In many of these applications, the research challenges can be effectively addressed using game theory and mechanism design. In this article, we highlight the key role that the brilliant discoveries of John Nash continueto play in these fascinating applications of game theory and mechanism design.
pp 803-814 General Article
Every behaviourally responsive animal (including us) make decisions. These can be simple behavioural decisions such aswhere to feed, what to feed, how long to feed, decisions related to finding, choosing and competing for mates, or simply maintaining ones territory. All these are conflict situations between competing individuals, hence can be best understood using a game theory approach. Using some examples of classical games, we show how evolutionary game theory can help understand behavioural decisions of animals. Game theory (along with its cousin, optimality theory) continues to providea strong conceptual and theoretical framework to ecologists for understanding the mechanisms by which species coexist.
pp 815-826 General Article
We begin by briefly motivating the idea of amanifold and then discuss the embedding theorems of Whitney and Nash that allow us toview these objects inside appropriately large Euclidean spaces.
pp 827-842 General Article
Fertilization in flowering plants appears simple when compared to that in higher animals. In reality all pre-fertilization events involved in screening and selection of the partners, so familiar in animals, take place in a subtle way in floweringplants also. As plants lack mobility, they cannot perform, ontheir own, the most important and primary requirement ofbringing the male (pollen grain) and the female (pistil) partnerstogether. This process, termed pollination, is effectivelyoutsourced largely to animal agents. Both plants and animalshave evolved fascinating adaptations to do this, which is vitalnot only for their sustenance but also for crop productivity.
pp 843-856 General Article
The aim of this largely pedagogical article is toemploy pre-college physics to arrive at an understanding of a system as complex as a nuclear reactor. We focus on three key issues: the fuelpin, the moderator, and lastly the dimensions ofthe nuclear reactor.
pp 857-857 Information and Announcements
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pp 861-861 Information and Announcements
pp 863-863 Flowering Trees