Thursday, April 07, 2011

Congratulations to Matin Rees (+ wonderful Terrible performance)

Warmest congratulations to Martin Rees on the Templeton Prize. There has been some carping from the usual suspects: Dawkins and Atkins whose contributions to science has been a tiny fraction of that of Martin's (or indeed of Martin Nowak's) and Harry Kroto - a great guy but a pretty militant atheist in his way.

Whatever one thinks of the Templeton Foundation there is do doubt that it funds some first-rate science. Here is a list of the papers published in Science and Nature that it has funded:
  1. Positive Interactions Promote Public Cooperation Rand et al Science 4 September 2009 1272-1275 [DOI:10.1126/science.1177418]
  2. The Right and the Good: Distributive Justice and Neural Encoding of Equity and Efficiency Hsu at al Science 23 May 2008: 1092-1095 [DOI:10.1126/science.1153651] 
  3.  Via Freedom to Coercion: The Emergence of Costly Punishment Hauert et al Science 29 June 2007: 1905-1907. [DOI:10.1126/science.1141588] 
  4. Five Rules for the Evolution of Cooperation, Martin A. Nowak Science 8 December 2006: 1560-1563. [DOI:10.1126/science.1133755]
  5. Stellar Production Rates of Carbon and Its Abundance in the Universe Oberhummer at al Science 7 July 2000: 88-90. [DOI:10.1126/science.289.5476.88] 
  6. Distant metastasis occurs late during the genetic evolution of pancreatic cancer Yachida et al. Nature 467, 1114-1117 (27 October 2010) doi:10.1038/nature09515
  7. The evolution of eusociality Nowak, Tarnita and Wilson Nature 466, 1057-1062 (26 August 2010) doi:10.1038/nature09205 
  8. Mutational robustness can facilitate adaptation Draghi at al Nature 463, 353-355 (21 January 2010) doi:10.1038/nature08694
  9. Indirect reciprocity provides only a narrow margin of efficiency for costly punishment Ohtsuki at al Nature 457, 79-82 (1 January 2009) doi:10.1038/nature07601
  10. Pleiotropic scaling of gene effects and the ‘cost of complexity’ Wagner et al Nature 452, 470-472 (27 March 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06756 
  11. Winners don’t punish Dreber et al  Nature 452, 348-351 (20 March 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06723
  12. Quantifying the evolutionary dynamics of language Lieberman, et al Nature 449, 713-716 (11 October 2007) doi:10.1038/nature06137
  13. A simple rule for the evolution of cooperation on graphs and social networks Ohtsuki et al Nature 441, 502-505 (25 May 2006) doi:10.1038/nature04605
PS: Also the following in PNAS:
  1. Transcript origin analysis identifies antigen-presenting cells as primary targets of socially regulated gene expression in leukocytes Cole et al PNAS 2011 108 (7) 3080-3085; doi:10.1073/pnas.1014218108
  2. Multiple strategies in structured populations Tarnita at al PNAS 2011 108 (6) 2334-2337; doi:10.1073/pnas.1016008108
  3.  From the Cover: Accumulation of driver and passenger mutations during tumor progression Bozic at al. PNAS 2010 107 (43) 18545-18550;doi:10.1073/pnas.1010978107
  4. Infants consider both the sample and the sampling process in inductive generalization Gweon et al PNAS 2010 107 (20) 9066-9071; doi:10.1073/pnas.1003095107
  5. Cooperative behavior cascades in human social networks Fowler and Christakis PNAS 2010 107 (12) 5334-5338; doi:10.1073/pnas.0913149107
Also went to a wonderful concert on Sunday with Martin Nowak - LSO at the Barbican. This was all Prokoviev: his first Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz and then the oratorio Ivan the Terrible with our friend Catherine Wyn-Rogers as mezzo soliost and a remarkable young Russian bass called Alexei Tanovitsky. The conductor was the extraordinary Xian Zhan. I'll try to add more about this later - far too busy to blog at present.

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