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What do chess-playing computer programs, biological evolution, competitive sports, gambling, alternative voting systems, public auctions, corporate globalization, and class warfare have in common? All are manifestations of a new paradigm in scientific thinking, one that the author calls “the emerging science of competition.” Drawing in part on the pioneering work of mathematicians such as John von Neumann, John Nash (of A Beautiful Mind fame), and Robert Axelrod, James Case explores the common game-theoretical strands that tie these seemingly unrelated fields together, showing how each can be better understood in the shared light of the others. Not since James Gleicks bestselling book Chaos brought widespread public attention to the new sciences of chaos and complexity has a general-interest science book served such an eye-opening purpose. Competition will appeal to a wide range of readers, from policy wonks and futurologists to former jocks and other ordinary citizens seeking to make sense of a host of novel—and frequently controversial—issues.

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James Case holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, has taught at a number of universities and worked in private industry, and is the regular book reviewer for SIAM News of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

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ISBN:
9780809035786
Author:
Case, James
Publisher:
Hill & Wang
Subject:
General science
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General
Subject:
Game Theory
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Industries - General
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Science Reference-General
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080631
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TRADE PAPER
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General/trade
Language:
English
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Includes 67 Line Drawings Throughout, No
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.31 x 5.47 x 1.065 in

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