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In Search of Biological Weirdness

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Science  10 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5494, pp. 1077-1080
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5494.1077

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BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA-- The late William D. Hamilton (1936-2000) was drawn to the unusual and paradoxical. His observations led to a new understanding of social interactions and shaped a generation of evolutionary biologists. At a symposium here in October honoring this giant of evolutionary biology, who died of malaria in March at age 63, about 70 researchers discussed where Hamilton's ideas have taken them.