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Author Erickson, Paul, 1976- author.

Title The world the game theorists made / Paul Erickson
Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents The game theory phenomenon -- Acts of mathematical creation -- From "military worth" to mathematical programming -- Game theory and practice in the postwar human sciences -- The brain and the bomb -- Game theory without rationality -- Dreams of a final theory
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957. Theory of games and economic behavior.
SUBJECT Theory of games and economic behavior (Von Neumann, John) fast
Subject Game theory.
Science -- Methodology.
Game Theory
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Economics -- General.
Game theory
Science -- Methodology
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780226097206