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Laws of the Game: How the Principles of Nature Govern Chance

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Using game theory and examples of actual games people play, Nobel laureate Manfred Eigen and Ruthild Winkler show how the elements of chance and rules underlie all that happens in the universe, from genetic behavior through economic growth to the composition of music. To illustrate their argument, the authors turn to classic games - backgammon, bridge, and chess - and ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 11th 1993 by Princeton University Press (first published 1975)
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Robert
Dec 05, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it
Very interesting. The authors discuss how chance creates order, effecting chemical reactions, evolution, language, human thought, art, etc. They include an excellent explanation of entropy. I now understand this concept much better. The book doesn't get 5 stars because there are a few places where it wanders and a few others where the explanations could be made clearer.
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Jun 23, 2015 Zack Hiwiller rated it it was amazing
Probably the single most interesting book when it comes to the philosophy of games in terms of math and physics. I don't know why this isn't listed with the great foundational texts like Homo Ludens. Maybe it isn't sociological enough?
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