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    DescriptionGames are everywhere: Drivers manoeuvring in heavy traffic are playing a driving game. Bargain hunters bidding on eBay are playing an auctioning game. A firm negotiating next year's wage is playing a bargaining game. The opposing candidates in an election are playing a political game. The supermarket's price for corn flakes is decided by playing an economic game. Game theory is about how to play such games in a rational way. Even when the players have not thought everything out in advance, game theory often works for the same reason that mindless animals sometimes end up behaving very cleverly: evolutionary forces eliminate irrational play because it is unfit. Game theory has seen spectacular successes in evolutionary biology and economics, and is beginning to revolutionize other disciplines from psychology to political science. This Very Short Introduction introduces the fascinating world of game theory, showing how it can be understood without mathematical equations, and revealing that everything from how to play poker optimally to the sex ratio among bees can be understood by anyone willing to think seriously about the problem. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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    Title
    Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ken Binmore
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 200
    Width: 114 mm
    Height: 174 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199218462
    ISBN 10: 0199218463
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BIC subject category V2: PBUD
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    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 519.3
    B&T Approval Code: A51153000
    LC classification: HB144 .B557 2007
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    Illustrations note
    25 line drawings and half tones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Ken Binmore is Emeritus Professor of Economics at University College, London. He has held Chairs in Economics at LSE, the University of Michigan and UCL, and is a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol and a Fellow of the Centre for Philosophy at LSE. He began his academic career as a pure mathematician before becoming interested in game theory. Since that time, he has devoted himself to the subject, in particular designing major telecom auctions in many countries across the world. As a consequence of the GBP23.4 billion pounds raised by the telecom auction he organized in the UK, he was described by Newsweek magazine as the
    Table of contents
    Preface ; 1. The Name of the Game ; 2. Chance ; 3. Time ; 4. Convention ; 5. Reciprocity ; 6. Information ; 7. Auctions ; 8. Biology ; 9. Bargaining and Coalitions ; 10. Puzzles and Paradoxes