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Laws of the Game : How the Principles of Nature Govern Chance - Manfred Eigen

Laws of the Game

How the Principles of Nature Govern Chance

By: Manfred Eigen, Ruthild Winkler, Robert B. Kimber (Translator), Rita Kimber (Translator)

Paperback Published: 11th April 1993
ISBN: 9780691025667
Number Of Pages: 368

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Using game theory and examples of actual games people play, Nobel laureate Manfred Eigen and Ruthild Winkler show how the elements of chance and rules underlie all that happens in the universe, from genetic behavior through economic growth to the composition of music.

To illustrate their argument, the authors turn to classic games--backgammon, bridge, and chess--and relate them to physical, biological, and social applications of probability theory and number theory. Further, they have invented, and present here, more than a dozen playable games derived from scientific models for equilibrium, selection, growth, and even the composition of RNA.

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Translators' Note
Foreword to the English Edition
The Taming of Chancep. 1
The Origin of Playp. 3
Games People Playp. 6
Microcosm - Macrocosmp. 19
Statistical Bead Gamesp. 30
Darwin and Moleculesp. 49
Games in Time and Spacep. 67
Structure, Pattern, Shapep. 69
Symmetryp. 103
Metamorphoses of Orderp. 131
The Limits of the Game - The Limits of Humanityp. 173
The Parable of the Physicistsp. 175
Of Self-Reproducing Automata and Thinking Machinesp. 178
"From One Make Ten..."p. 199
Limited Space and Resourcesp. 216
From Ecosystem to Industrial Societyp. 236
In the Realm of Ideasp. 249
Popper's Three Worldsp. 251
From Symbol to Languagep. 259
Memory and Complex Realityp. 283
The Art of Asking the Right Questionp. 298
Playing with Beautyp. 306
List of Referencesp. 331
Indexp. 339
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691025667
ISBN-10: 0691025665
Series: Princeton Science Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 11th April 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.3