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Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction | [Ken Binmore]

Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2007 Ken Binmore (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Thomas Wake Forest, NC, United States 01-18-14
    Thomas Wake Forest, NC, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "No PDF File of Figures Provided"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reg Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 02-03-14
    Reg Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 02-03-14
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    "Not an introduction"

    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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jarrod T. Al-Alou 01-09-15
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    "Not good for audio book format"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Magnus Wrenninge 04-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Unbearable narration"
    What disappointed you about Game Theory?

    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.


    What could Ken Binmore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It's not his fault.


    What didn’t you like about Jesse Einstein’s performance?

    Everything.


    What character would you cut from Game Theory?

    N/A


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vaghenag 01-23-15
    Vaghenag 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    Very poor presentation and worse reader,sorry.the whole excitement for the subject dies and for the first time had to stop listening.

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    "Good contents, not great as audiobook"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Definitely wasn't time wasted, however a lot of the ideas are explained with figures which is completely lost in the audio format.


    Was Game Theory worth the listening time?

    Yes, the book covers interesting topics and concepts however it loses something with the lack of figures.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps the pics could be added to the download as images and displayed on screen when they are referenced in the book.

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