“Mathematics is so much easier than words… mathematics makes things clear that words merely muddle and confuse and mess up.”
— John Maynard Smith
The father of Evolutionary Game Theory, John Maynard Smith, has always been one of my favourite biologists and thinkers. I’ve suspected this might have to do with how much he reminds me of my uncle Jerry, a NASA engineer, who, like Smith, was an unusually curious sort of person, and who made a rather dramatic impact on my psyche — or, maybe, my psyche led me to be influenced by a like-minded elder (hard to work those kinds of things out).
In this video, J.M. Smith discusses what he believes to be the 7 wonders of his world and why mathematics, as a form of communication, is often far more clear than words could ever hope to be.