Theory of Games and Economic Behavior (Commemorative Edition)This is the classic work upon which modernday game theory is based. What began more than sixty years ago as a modest proposal that a mathematician and an economist write a short paper together blossomed, in 1944, when Princeton University Press published Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. In it, John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern conceived a groundbreaking mathematical theory of economic and social organization, based on a theory of games of strategy. Not only would this revolutionize economics, but the entirely new field of scientific inquiry it yieldedgame theoryhas since been widely used to analyze a host of realworld phenomena from arms races to optimal policy choices of presidential candidates, from vaccination policy to major league baseball salary negotiations. And it is today established throughout both the social sciences and a wide range of other sciences. This sixtieth anniversary edition includes not only the original text but also an introduction by Harold Kuhn, an afterword by Ariel Rubinstein, and reviews and articles on the book that appeared at the time of its original publication in the New York Times, tthe American Economic Review, and a variety of other publications. Together, these writings provide readers a matchless opportunity to more fully appreciate a work whose influence will yet resound for generations to come. 
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User Review  HadriantheBlind  LibraryThingOne of the titanic founding works of Game Theory. Requires an extensive background of mathematics to understand, but it is very comprehensive, covering many types of games (including a version of ... Read full review
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Contents
xvii  
PREFACE  xxvii 
TECHNICAL NOTE  xxxi 
ACKNOWLEDGMENT  xxxii 
FORMULATION OF THE ECONOMIC PROBLEM  1 
GENERAL FORMAL DESCRIPTION OF GAMES OF STRATEGY  46 
ZEROSUM TWOPERSON GAMES THEORY  85 
ZEROSUM TWOPERSON GAMES EXAMPLES  169 
ZEROSUM FOURPERSON GAMES  291 
SOME REMARKS CONCERNING n 8807 5 PARTICIPANTS  330 
COMPOSITION AND DECOMPOSITION OF GAMES  339 
SIMPLE GAMES  420 
GENERAL NONZEROSUM GAMES  504 
EXTENSION OF THE CONCEPTS OF DOMINATION AND SOLUTION  587 
THE AXIOMATIC TREATMENT OF UTILITY  617 
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