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The World the Game Theorists Made

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Description for The World the Game Theorists Made Paperback. Drawing on a diverse collection of institutional archives, personal correspondence and papers, and interviews, the author shows how game theory offered social scientists, biologists, military strategists, and others a common, flexible language that could facilitate wide-ranging thought and debate on some of the most critical issues of the day. Num Pages: 384 pages, 2 halftones, 13 line drawings. BIC Classification: PBUD; PDX. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 229 x 152 x 18. Weight in Grams: 544.
In recent decades game theory-the mathematics of rational decision-making by interacting individuals-has assumed a central place in our understanding of capitalist markets, the evolution of social behavior in animals, and even the ethics of altruism and fairness in human beings. With game theory's ubiquity, however, has come a great deal of misunderstanding. Critics of the contemporary social sciences view it as part of an unwelcome trend toward the marginalization of historicist and interpretive styles of inquiry, and many accuse its proponents of presenting a thin and empirically dubious view of human choice. The World the Game Theorists Made seeks to ... Read more

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About Paul Erickson
Paul Erickson is assistant professor of history, environmental studies, and science in society at Wesleyan University. He is coauthor of How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind: The Strange Carrer of Cold War Rationality, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Erickson has written a vital book. He shows how game theory has survived despite its repeated failure to fulfill the highest hopes of its exponents. This is an outstanding and sure-to-be influential study of twentieth-century science and social thought. (Joel Isaac, Christ's College, Cambridge)

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