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Best Books on Game Theory

Recommendations from 4 articles, Chris Hayes, Naval Ravikant.
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Theory of Games and Economic Behavior
60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
John von Neumann - 2007-04-08 (first published in 1944)
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Discover the groundbreaking mathematical theory of economic and social organization based on a theory of games of strategy in this classic work. The book revolutionized economics and yielded an entirely new field of scientific inquiry - game theory. Widely used today to analyze a host of real-world phenomena, game theory has made optimal policy choices, arms races, and even baseball salary negotiations understandable. This sixtieth anniversary edition includes an introduction, afterword, and original reviews, giving readers a matchless opportunity to more fully appreciate a work whose influence will resound for generations to come.
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Game Theory 101
The Complete Textbook
William Spaniel
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Discover a no-nonsense, games-centered textbook that introduces strategic and game tree games from basic to complex. Learn game theoretical tools necessary to solve them quickly and efficiently. Great for beginners in both game theory and political science.
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The Evolution of Cooperation
Revised Edition
Robert Axelrod - 2006-12-05 (first published in 1984)
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Discover The Evolution of Cooperation, a classic book that sheds light on the question of whether cooperation is truly possible in a world of individual egoists without a central authority. Author Robert Axelrod explores the emergence of cooperation across different fields and recounts famous computer tournaments where the “cooperative” program Tit for Tat came out victorious. Gain valuable insights and learn how to apply cooperative principles to your own life and teach them to others.
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Game Theory
An Introduction
Steven Tadelis - 2013-01-06 (first published in 2012)
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This comprehensive textbook on Game Theory covers a wide range of topics, such as strategic and extensive form games, bargaining theory, auctions, reputation building, and more. The author, Steven Tadelis, explores rational decision making and its implications for multiperson decision problems, before delving into the subject of Nash equilibrium and its derivatives. This is the perfect textbook for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students, with real-world examples and exercises to help formalize situations and analyze them. Applications to economics and political science are also included.
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The Joy of Game Theory
An Introduction to Strategic Thinking
Presh Talwalkar - 2014-08-08
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Discover the fascinating world of game theory with this book, which features some of the best articles from Game Theory Tuesdays, a popular column from the blog Mind Your Decisions. Through a series of stories and over 30 illustrations, learn how to recognize strategic games and make better decisions in no-win situations. Explore interactive decision making, understand the theory, and practically implement solutions that can transform your outcomes. Whether you're a casual gamer or an avid strategist, this book is the perfect starting point to master game theory.
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Introducing Game Theory
A Graphic Guide
Ivan Pastine - 2017-03-02
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Explore the fascinating world of game theory and discover how it sheds light on our decision-making processes. From predicting strategic moves in games to understanding global politics and social interactions, economists Ivan and Tuvana Pastine draw on psychology, biology, and sociology to explain why we sometimes cooperate, clash, or act randomly. Illustrated by Tom Humberstone, Introducing Game Theory is a thought-provoking tour of this captivating field.
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The Art of Strategy
A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life
Avinash K. Dixit - 2008-09-17 (first published in 1991)
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Learn the art of strategy and rigorous strategic thinking with this insightful book. Game theory is the practice of anticipating your opponent's moves, and developing a new way of seeing the world. With diverse case studies from pop culture, sports, politics, and history, this lively book shows how game theory plays a role in almost every business and personal interaction. Mastering game theory will lead to success in both business and life.
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Hidden Games
The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior
Erez Yoeli, Moshe Hoffman - 2022-04-05
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Discover the surprising middle ground between the rational and irrational with "Hidden Games." Two MIT economists explain how game theory can explain our puzzling behavior - from Stockholm syndrome to a sense of fairness. This eye-opening and insightful book argues for the use of game theory in explaining the irrational aspects of human behavior.
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Game Theory
A Nontechnical Introduction (Dover Books on Mathematics)
Morton D. Davis - 1997-07-01 (first published in 1970)
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Discover the foundations and applications of game theory with this engaging and accessible book. From investment decisions to political power, this field of study has become essential in understanding social and economic problems. You'll explore two-person and n-person games, utility theory, and much more. With problems and solutions in each chapter, readers will be given the opportunity to test their knowledge and compare it to the author's expertise. For anyone interested in intellectual systems, this is a must-read that offers a valuable introduction to game theory.