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"A lucid and penetrating development of game theory that will appeal to the intuition . . . a most valuable contribution."—Douglas R. Hofstadter, author of Gödel, Escher, Bach

The foundations of game theory were laid by John von Neumann, who in 1928 proved the basic minimax theorem, and with the 1944 publication of the Theory of Games and Economic Behavior, the field was established. Since then, game theory has become an enormously important discipline because of its novel mathematical properties and its many applications to social, economic, and political problems.

Game theory has been used to make investment decisions, pick jurors, commit tanks to battle, allocate business expenses equitably—even to measure a senator's power, among many other uses. In this revised edition of his highly regarded work, Morton Davis begins with an overview of game theory, then discusses the two-person zero-sum game with equilibrium points; the general, two-person zero-sum game; utility theory; the two-person, non-zero-sum game; and the n-person game.

A number of problems are posed at the start of each chapter and readers are given a chance to solve them before moving on. (Unlike most mathematical problems, many problems in game theory are easily understood by the lay reader.) At the end of the chapter, where solutions are discussed, readers can compare their "common sense" solutions with those of the author. Brimming with applications to an enormous variety of everyday situations, this book offers readers a fascinating, accessible introduction to one of the most fruitful and interesting intellectual systems of our time.

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This fascinating, newly revised edition offers an overview of game theory, plus lucid coverage of two-person zero-sum game with equilibrium points; general, two-person zero-sum game; utility theory; and other topics.

Synopsis:

Fascinating edition offers overview of game theory, lucid coverage of two-person zero-sum game with equilibrium points; general, two-person zero-sum game; utility theory, other topics.

Synopsis:

"A lucid and penetrating development of game theory that will appeal to the intuition . . . a most valuable contribution." — Douglas R. Hofstadter
Fascinating, accessible introduction to enormously important intellectual system with numerous applications to social, economic, political problems. Newly revised edition offers overview of game theory, then lucid coverage of the two-person zero-sum game with equilibrium points; the general, two-person zero-sum game; utility theory; other topics. Problems at start of each chapter.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-241) and index.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition by Oskar Morgenstern

Author's Introduction

Acknowledgments

1. An Overview

2. "The Two-Person, Zero-Sum Game with Equilibrium Points"

3. "The General, Two-Person, Zero-Sum Game"

4. Utility Theory

5. "The Two-Person, Non-Zero-Sum Game"

6. The n-Person Game

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486296722
Author:
Davis, Morton D.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Davis, Barbee
Author:
Davis, Harold
Author:
Davis, Langdon
Author:
Davis, Morton D.
Location:
Mineola, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Game Theory
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Mathematics
Series Volume:
104-529
Publication Date:
19970731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.67 lb

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This fascinating, newly revised edition offers an overview of game theory, plus lucid coverage of two-person zero-sum game with equilibrium points; general, two-person zero-sum game; utility theory; and other topics.
"Synopsis" by , Fascinating edition offers overview of game theory, lucid coverage of two-person zero-sum game with equilibrium points; general, two-person zero-sum game; utility theory, other topics.

"Synopsis" by ,
"A lucid and penetrating development of game theory that will appeal to the intuition . . . a most valuable contribution." — Douglas R. Hofstadter
Fascinating, accessible introduction to enormously important intellectual system with numerous applications to social, economic, political problems. Newly revised edition offers overview of game theory, then lucid coverage of the two-person zero-sum game with equilibrium points; the general, two-person zero-sum game; utility theory; other topics. Problems at start of each chapter.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-241) and index.
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