No one is more qualified to provide a primer on game theory than one of its founders, Ken Binmore, Professor Emeritus of Economics at University College London, who concisely illustrates the theory’s practical use in everyday life, sheds light on its history, and touches on its key concepts, including but not limited to the Nash equilibrium and minimax.
Jesse Einstein’s amiable, down-to-earth delivery of this sometimes challenging material makes this intellectually stimulating audiobook palatable to all audiences.
Games are everywhere: Drivers maneuvering in heavy traffic are playing a driving game. Bargain hunters bidding on eBay are playing an auctioning game. The supermarket's price for corn flakes is decided by playing an economic game. This Very Short Introduction offers a succinct tour of the fascinating world of game theory, a groundbreaking field that analyzes how to play games in a rational way. Ken Binmore, a renowned game theorist, explains the theory in a way that is both entertaining and non-mathematical yet also deeply insightful, revealing how game theory can shed light on everything from social gatherings, to ethical decision-making, to successful card-playing strategies, to calculating the sex ratio among bees.
With mini biographies of many fascinating, and occasionally eccentric, founders of the subject - including John Nash, subject of the movie A Beautiful Mind - this audiobook offers a concise overview of a cutting-edge field that has seen spectacular successes in evolutionary biology and economics, and is beginning to revolutionize other disciplines from psychology to political science.
©2007 Ken Binmore (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The author's presentation of game theory is understandable and would be easy to digest except for the lack of a PDF with the figures that are constantly referred to. This is an oversight on par with the lack of valet parking at the emergency room entrance.
One of the primary locations I listen to audio books is during transit. If you do the same then this book is not for you, as you sometimes need to be able to reference the diagrams as they are not clearly discussed in the audio book.
The text was dry, which is fine. But the narration made me put it down after an hour, it was so awkward to listen to that I just couldn't stand it.
It's not his fault.
This book is complicated and uses to much field related jargon. It's good for those familer with the concepts but painfully complicated for those who aren't
He might have read too fast and made it difficult to follow each game situation considering this is meant to be a introduction.
This book is not a introduction. There is very limited defining of terms and the explanations of game situations are all over the place which makes it difficult to comprehend and follow the book.
"Good contents, not great as audiobook"
Definitely wasn't time wasted, however a lot of the ideas are explained with figures which is completely lost in the audio format.
Yes, the book covers interesting topics and concepts however it loses something with the lack of figures.
Perhaps the pics could be added to the download as images and displayed on screen when they are referenced in the book.
"Interesting book with a fascinating subject."
Good book with steady narration. The content can make it hard to follow sometimes without strong concentration. So perhaps not the best choice for driving or the gym, unless you don't mind jump backs. good introduction to the subject though.
"Would have been helpful to include more scenarios which illustrate the theory"
Much of the content went over my head and I still feel in need of an introduction to the theory in order to understand it.
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