Game Theory

ISBN-10: 0199218463

ISBN-13: 9780199218462

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ken Binmore

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Games are everywhere: Drivers maneuvering in heavy traffic are playing a driving game. Bargain hunters bidding on eBay are playing an auctioning game. The supermarket's price for corn flakes is decided by playing an economic game. This Very Short Introduction offers a succinct tour of the fascinating world of game theory, a ground-breaking field that analyzes how to play games in a rational way. Ken Binmore, a renowned game theorist, explains the theory in a way that is both entertaining and non-mathematical yet also deeply insightful, revealing how game theory can shed light on everything from social gatherings, to ethical decision-making, to successful card-playing strategies, to calculating the sex ratio among bees. With mini-biographies of many fascinating, and occasionally eccentric, founders of the subject--including John Nash, subject of the movie A Beautiful Mind--this book offers a concise overview of a cutting-edge field that has seen spectacular successes in evolutionary biology and economics, and is beginning to revolutionize other disciplines from psychology to political science.
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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Preface
The Name of the Game
Chance
Time
Convention
Reciprocity
Information
Auctions
Biology
Bargaining and Coalitions
Puzzles and Paradoxes
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