Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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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.

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Very interesting, but technical. I kept waiting for him to talk about GTA IV, but nothing. Just "prisoner's dilemma" this and "Nash equilibrium" that. Seriously though, Game Theory is an ... Read full review

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Contents

1 The name of the game
1
2 Chance
22
3 Time
36
4 Conventions
57
5 Reciprocity
71
6 Information
88
7 Auctions
102
8 Evolutionary biology
117
9 Bargaining and coalitions
140
10 Puzzles and paradoxes
158
References and further reading
175
Index
181
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About the author (2007)

Ken Binmore is Emeritus Professor of Economics at University College, London. He has held Chairs in Economics at LSE, the University of Michigan and UCL, and is a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol and a Fellow of the Centre for Philosophy at LSE. He began hisacademic career as a pure mathematician before becoming interested in game theory. Since that time, he has devoted himself to the subject, in particular designing major telecom auctions in many countries across the world. As a consequence of the L23.4 billion pounds raised by the telecom auction heorganized in the UK, he was described by iNewsweek/i magazine as the "ruthless, poker-playing economist who destroyed the telecom industry. But he nowadays devotes his time to applying game theory to the problem of the evolution of morality. The most recent of his numerous books is iPlaying forReal/i (Oxford, 2007).

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