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The Art of Strategy
A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life
Avinash K. Dixit - Jan 04, 2010
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“I am hard pressed to think of another book that can match the combination of practical insights and reading enjoyment.”—Steven LevittGame theory means rigorous strategic thinking. It’s the art of anticipating your opponent’s next moves, knowing full well that your rival is trying to do the same thing to you. Though parts of game theory involve sim...
Theory of Games and Economic Behavior
60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition (Princeton Classic Editions)
John von Neumann - Apr 08, 2007 (first published in 1944)
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This is the classic work upon which modern-day 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...
Game Theory
An Introduction
Steven Tadelis - Jan 06, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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The definitive introduction to game theoryThis comprehensive textbook introduces readers to the principal ideas and applications of game theory, in a style that combines rigor with accessibility. Steven Tadelis begins with a concise description of rational decision making, and goes on to discuss strategic and extensive form games with complete info...
The Joy of Game Theory
An Introduction to Strategic Thinking
Presh Talwalkar - Aug 08, 2014
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This book is a selection of the best articles from Game Theory Tuesdays, a column from the blog Mind Your Decisions. Articles from Game Theory Tuesdays have been referenced in The Freakonomics Blog , Yahoo Finance , and .Game theory is the study of interactive decision making--that is, in situations where each person's action affects the ou...
Game Theory 101
The Complete Textbook
William Spaniel - Sep 03, 2011
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Game Theory 101: The Complete Textbook is a no-nonsense, games-centered introduction to strategic form (matrix) and extensive form (game tree) games. From the first lesson to the last, this textbook introduces games of increasing complexity and then teaches the game theoretical tools necessary to solve them. Quick, efficient, and to the point, Game...
Prisoner's Dilemma
John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb
William Poundstone - Jan 01, 1993 (first published in 1992)
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Should you watch public television without pledging?...Exceed the posted speed limit?...Hop a subway turnstile without paying? These questions illustrate the so-called "prisoner's dilemma", a social puzzle that we all face every day. Though the answers may seem simple, their profound implications make the prisoner's dilemma one of the great unifyin...
Finite and Infinite Games
James P. Carse - Jan 05, 2013 (first published in 1986)
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There are at least two kinds of games, states James P. Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. One could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, wh...
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - Apr 02, 2013
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
A Beautiful Mind
Sylvia Nasar - Jul 12, 2011 (first published in 1998)
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Stories of famously eccentric Princetonians abound—such as that of chemist Hubert Alyea, the model for The Absent-Minded Professor, or Ralph Nader, said to have had his own key to the library as an undergraduate. Or the "Phantom of Fine Hall," a figure many students had seen shuffling around the corridors of the math and physics building wearing pu...
Game Theory
Michael Maschler - May 06, 2013
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Covering both noncooperative and cooperative games, this comprehensive introduction to game theory also includes some advanced chapters on auctions, games with incomplete information, games with vector payoffs, stable matchings and the bargaining set. Mathematically oriented, the book presents every theorem alongside a proof. The material is presen...
Micromotives and Macrobehavior
Thomas C. Schelling - Oct 17, 2006 (first published in 1978)
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"Schelling here offers an early analysis of 'tipping' in social situations involving a large number of individuals." —official citation for the 2005 Nobel PrizeMicromotives and Macrobehavior was originally published over twenty-five years ago, yet the stories it tells feel just as fresh today. And the subject of these stories—how small and seemingl...
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SuperCooperators by Martin Nowak
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Reality Is Broken by Jane McGonigal
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The Logic of Life by Tim Harford
The Survival Game by David Barash
Game-Changer by David McAdams
Liars and Outliers by Bruce Schneier
The Irrationality Illusion by Presh Talwalkar
The Compleat Strategyst by J. D. Williams
It's Not You, It's the Dishes by Paula Szuchman
The Social Atom by Mark Buchanan
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