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Using game theory and examples of actual games people play, Nobel laureate Manfred Eigen and Ruthild Winkler show how the elements of chance and rules underlie all that happens in the universe, from genetic behavior through economic growth to the composition of music.

To illustrate their argument, the authors turn to classic games--backgammon, bridge, and chess--and relate them to physical, biological, and social applications of probability theory and number theory. Further, they have invented, and present here, more than a dozen playable games derived from scientific models for equilibrium, selection, growth, and even the composition of RNA.

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Using game theory and examples of actual games people play, Nobel laureate Manfred Eigen and Ruthild Winkler show how the elements of chance and rules underlie all that happens in the universe, from genetic behavior through economic growth to the composition of music.

To illustrate their argument, the authors turn to classic games--backgammon, bridge, and chess--and relate them to physical, biological, and social applications of probability theory and number theory. Further, they have invented, and present here, more than a dozen playable games derived from scientific models for equilibrium, selection, growth, and even the composition of RNA.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 331-337) and index.

Table of Contents

Translators' Note
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Foreword to the English Edition
1The Taming of Chance1
1The Origin of Play3
2Games People Play6
3Microcosm - Macrocosm19
4Statistical Bead Games30
5Darwin and Molecules49
2Games in Time and Space67
6Structure, Pattern, Shape69
7Symmetry103
8Metamorphoses of Order131
3The Limits of the Game - The Limits of Humanity173
9The Parable of the Physicists175
10Of Self-Reproducing Automata and Thinking Machines178
11"From One Make Ten..."199
12Limited Space and Resources216
13From Ecosystem to Industrial Society236
4In the Realm of Ideas249
14Popper's Three Worlds251
15From Symbol to Language259
16Memory and Complex Reality283
17The Art of Asking the Right Question298
18Playing with Beauty306
List of References331
Index339

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780691025667
Translator:
Kimber, Robert
Translator:
Kimber, Rita
Translator:
Kimber, Robert
Translator:
Kimber, Rita
Author:
Kimber, Robert B.
Author:
Winkler, Ruthild
Author:
Eigen, Manfred
Author:
Kimber, Robert
Author:
Kimber, Rita
Author:
Eigen, M. Manfred
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Natural Law
Subject:
Scientific recreations
Subject:
Games
Subject:
Chance
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Math and Computer Science
Subject:
Physics and Astroscience
Subject:
Science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Science Library
Series Volume:
1200-FL
Publication Date:
March 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
67 figs., 41 in color
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Using game theory and examples of actual games people play, Nobel laureate Manfred Eigen and Ruthild Winkler show how the elements of chance and rules underlie all that happens in the universe, from genetic behavior through economic growth to the composition of music.

To illustrate their argument, the authors turn to classic games--backgammon, bridge, and chess--and relate them to physical, biological, and social applications of probability theory and number theory. Further, they have invented, and present here, more than a dozen playable games derived from scientific models for equilibrium, selection, growth, and even the composition of RNA.

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