Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life
Not worth a full review I guess.
1. Keep the same strategy if you’re winning, shift strategies if you lose.
2. Bring a third pl ...more
But as far as getting me to understand and be enthusiastic about game theory, it failed. I already understand about brinkmanship and the prisoner's dilemma, and how rock-paper-scissors work, so Fisher's descriptions added little. I ...more
Unfortunately, the author simultaneously gave explanations too large-scale and gave examples too small-scale. What I mean is, the premise, reasoning, and graphic illustrations of most of ...more
The author has clearly tried to document his attempt to learn about game theory as a tool to more effective human interaction. He hints at possible personal reasons for this. I project onto him a need to form better ...more
Original review: Holy crap! While I was interested in the first 100 pages or so, when the author actually wrote about game theo ...more
Fisher's approach to game theory was scientific, but without its esotericism. The subject is no longer overwhelming, and I now see game theory in my life everyday. For example, I want people to hear my music, but not if they don't like it. Strange, this game theory.
Personal Note: became interested in this topic as my game group progressed through its SEAFALL campaign.
But then, after about three chapters, examples started to wear thin. The first time I most consciously noticed it was when Fisher used the rather apocryphal story of Kitty Genove ...more
-Game Theory, a bit older than epigenetics but not too old, is the study of decision-making and forming strategies in everyday situations. For instance, the game of rock, paper, scissors; splitting up a birthday cake; or when playing chicken with your neighbor.
Of course, for more info on either of these topics, you can read the books.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
This book was very opinionated. There's nothing wrong with that intention; the author's whole stated
"Rock, Paper, Scissors" is an i ...more
Len Fisher is not a game theorist, but a chemist with a talent for popularizing science. This book is an exploration of his fascination with game theory. It's a little history, a little theory, and a lot of irreverent examples.
If you are looking for a book to teach you how to use game theory for world domination (or just dominating your friends), this is not the book for you. Fisher is honest about coming from the book from the ...more
Fisher's approach is a simple one to follow. He outlines the different situations, problems or "dilemmas" that can arise in the study of game theory, and then promptly gives simple, quotidian examples of them. ...more
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It is very well written, relatively short and very approa ...more
It's a good introductory primer to the concepts of game theory, and how we might use them to cooperate better, but it goes a little strange at the end with something called quantum game theory, which I am not going to profess to understand even with his attempts to dumb it down, and I think that subject might ...more
Fisher does an excellent job of explaining Game Theory in a non-mathematical way. Though I suppose most people interested in Game Theory are also math buffs. But for those of use who can barely function without a calculator the book sheds some light on the subject.
Mostly, however, Fisher talks about examples and little about practical application. In fact he spends a lot of time pining away about how Game Theory could end war. Which made ...more
The book tries to be an introduction to game theory. It starts off with the standard introduction about prisoner's dilemma and explains how multiple self-interested individuals can force themselves into outcomes that are worse than if they had cooperated. Fisher tries to simplify the relatively basic tables associated with the prisoner's dilemma game by adding smiley faces, and ultimately just o ...more