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Game Theory : A Very Short Introduction - Ken Binmore

Game Theory

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 25th October 2007
ISBN: 9780199218462
Number Of Pages: 200

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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.

About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given topic. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how it has developed and influenced society. Whatever the area of study, whatever the topic that fascinates the reader, the series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

Preface 1: The Name of the Game 2: Chance 3: Time 4: Convention 5: Reciprocity 6: Information 7: Auctions 8: Biology 9: Bargaining and Coalitions 10: Puzzles and Paradoxes

ISBN: 9780199218462
ISBN-10: 0199218463
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 25th October 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 11.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.16

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