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In Memory of Bill Hamilton

Encounter with the Red Queen (by Dieter Ebert)

Red Queen

The Red Queen

In 1992 I arrived in Oxford to start a postdoc with Bill Hamilton. My plan was to find evidence for the Red Queen hypothesis. Surprisingly, it took me only a few days to find her. During a walk along the river Thames I found the Red Queen floating on the water (see picture). Next day, I told Bill about my finding and he decided to look for it as well. The following day he told me that he did not find her. Jokingly he added, that this is excatly what the theory predicts. Where ever the Red Queen is involved things change rapidly.