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Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Ken Binmore (Author)

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Games are everywhere: Drivers manoeuvring in heavy traffic are playing a driving game. Bargain hunters bidding on eBay are playing an auctioning game. A firm negotiating next year's wage is playing a bargaining game. When opposing candidates in an election are playing a political game. Thesupermarket's price for corn flakes is decided by playing an economic game.Game theory is about how to play such games in a rational way. Even when the players have not thought everything out in advance, game theory often works for the same reason that mindless animals sometimes end up behaving very cleverly: evolutionary forces eliminate irrational play because it isunfit.Game theory has seen spectacular successes in evolutionary biology and economics, and is beginning to revolutionize other disciplines from psychology to political science. This iVery Short Introduction/i introduces the fascinating world of game theory, showing how it can be understood withoutmathematical equations, and revealing that everything from how to play poker optimally to the sex ratio among bees can be understood by anyone willing to think seriously about the problem.… (more)
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Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Ken Binmore (2007)

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    Strategy and conscience by Anatol Rapoport (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: Although Anatol Rapoport's Strategy and Conscience is older, and somewhat more technical, than Ken Binmore's book on game theory, it is certainly simple enough for an interested layman, and it does a fine job of pointing out the ethical questions of game theory. As such it belongs on the shelf of everyone interested in the discipline.… (more)
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    Game Theory: A Nontechnical Introduction by Morton D. Davis (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: Game theory is a subject with a strong mathematical underpinning, but the basic idea of strategies and picking an optimal result requires very little math. It just requires a clear explanation. Which both these books provide, but they give different examples and have different emphases. Probably Binmore's book is better for the first-timer, but both are highly recommended as overviews; they complement each other.… (more)
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It has been a while since I read this one, but I recall it being written more confusingly than necessary for the introductory game theory material.
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Games are everywhere: Drivers manoeuvring in heavy traffic are playing a driving game. Bargain hunters bidding on eBay are playing an auctioning game. A firm negotiating next year's wage is playing a bargaining game. When opposing candidates in an election are playing a political game. Thesupermarket's price for corn flakes is decided by playing an economic game.Game theory is about how to play such games in a rational way. Even when the players have not thought everything out in advance, game theory often works for the same reason that mindless animals sometimes end up behaving very cleverly: evolutionary forces eliminate irrational play because it isunfit.Game theory has seen spectacular successes in evolutionary biology and economics, and is beginning to revolutionize other disciplines from psychology to political science. This iVery Short Introduction/i introduces the fascinating world of game theory, showing how it can be understood withoutmathematical equations, and revealing that everything from how to play poker optimally to the sex ratio among bees can be understood by anyone willing to think seriously about the problem.

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