Prisoner's Dilemma (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 25, 2011 - Science - 320 pages
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Prisoner's Dilemma

"The real originality of PRISONER'S DILEMMA lies in its colorful synthesis of logical material and historical and biographical narration [which] takes us in parallel lines through cold war history, strategic games of the nuclear age and the life of von Neumann . . . Lively, open and multifaceted."
New York Times Book Review

"Poundstone deftly intertwines the development of game theory with the biography of its founder, who was considered by many the most intelligent person alive. Poundstone does a superb job of relating the insights of game theory to real-world conflicts."
Washington Times

"An absolute, mind-blowing page turner . . . Poundstone writes with real verve and he takes very technical concepts and makes them perfectly clear and insightful. PRISONER'S DILEMMA is the latest title from one of the best sciece/contemporary thought writers we have in the English language."
The Coast Book Review

"Explains game theory lucidly, reveals some hair-raising post-war governmental skullduggery, and brings to life one of history's foremost mathematicians."
Los Angeles Times

"Very readable . . . Fascinating, thought-provoking, and easily accessible to the layperson."
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Review: Prisoner's Dilemma

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Good bio of Johnny von Neumann. Ground Zero of nuclear war, computer science, and game theory - so, a great read for someone like me, who saw WarGames four times in the summer of 1983. Read full review

Review: Prisoner's Dilemma

User Review  - Maygoon - Goodreads

This was a surprisingly enjoyable book. Thanks to a clever blend of biography, cold-war history, and math theory, this book could definitely appeal to far more people than the title itself alludes. If ... Read full review

Contents

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JOHN VON NEUMANN NNldlA d
12
GAME THEORY
37
Cake Division
43
ZeroSum Games
51
Curve Balls and Deadly Genes
59
THE BOMB
65
World Government
71
Coda
164
Are People Rational?
171
VON NEUMANNS LAST YEARS
179
CHICKEN AND THE CUBAN MISSILE
195
Volunteers Dilemma
201
The Madman Theory
212
Deadlock
218
Howards MetaGame
226

Preventive War
78
THE RAND CORPORATION
83
PRISONERS DILEMMA
101
Tuckers Anecdote
116
Prisoners Dilemmas in Literature
123
Nuclear Rivalry
129
The Man from Mars
135
The Korean War
141
Francis Matthews
147
Was it a Trial Balloon?
155
Is Detection in the Genes?
234
The Trouble with TIT FOR TAT
242
The Fish in the Mirror
248
THE DOLLAR AUCTION
257
Strategies
266
The LargestNumber Game
272
Bibliography
279
Index
285
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About the author (2011)

William Poundstone has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. Among his seven books are "The Recursive Universe," "Labyrinths of Reason," and "Big Secrets." He has also written extensively for network television and major magazines. He lives in Los Angeles.

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