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"Mind-exercising and thought-provoking."—New Scientist

If playing games is natural for humans, analyzing games is equally natural for mathematicians. Even the simplest of games involves the fundamentals of mathematics, such as figuring out the best move or the odds of a certain chance event. This entertaining and wide-ranging guide demonstrates how simple mathematical analysis can throw unexpected light on games of every type—games of chance, games of skill, games of chance and skill, and automatic games.

Just how random is a card shuffle or a throw of the dice? Is bluffing a valid poker strategy? How can you tell if a puzzle is unsolvable? How large a role does luck play in games like golf and soccer? This book examines each of these issues and many others, along with the general principles behind such classic puzzles as peg solitaire and Rubik's cube. Lucid, instructive, and full of surprises, it will fascinate mathematicians and gamesters alike.

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Lucid, instructive, and full of surprises, this book examines how simple mathematical analysis can throw unexpected light on games of every type, from poker to golf to the Rubik's cube. 1989 edition.

Synopsis:

Lucid, instructive, and full of surprises, this book examines how simple mathematical analysis can throw unexpected light on games of every type, from poker to golf to the Rubik's cube. 1989 edition.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The luck of the deal

3. The luck of the die

4. To err is human

5. If A beats B, and B beats C...

6. Bluff and double bluff

7. The analysis of puzzles

8. Sauce for the gander

9. The measure of a game

10. When the counting has to stop

11. Round and round in circles

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486449760
Author:
Beasley, John D.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Mathematics
Subject:
Game Theory
Subject:
Mathematics-Modeling
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Mathematics
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.4 lb

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Lucid, instructive, and full of surprises, this book examines how simple mathematical analysis can throw unexpected light on games of every type, from poker to golf to the Rubik's cube. 1989 edition.

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Lucid, instructive, and full of surprises, this book examines how simple mathematical analysis can throw unexpected light on games of every type, from poker to golf to the Rubik's cube. 1989 edition.

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