# Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #170)

by
Ken Binmore

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 ground-breaking field that analyzes how to play g...more

Paperback, 184 pages

Published
January 1st 2008
by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published October 25th 2007)

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some of the interesting points:

* discussion of auction mechanisms, with...more

Think of it not so much as a primer or cliff notes version of Game Theory, but more of a sampler appetizer platter -- you get to try a little bit of everything before deciding if y...more

I was disappointed by this introduction. The author writes with considerable style and covers some aspects well, but I think that the core principles of game theory are not explained at all well and the examples and diagrams are explained particularly poorly. Not surprisingly, the book is best when covering the author's speciality - auctions. I also feel that the author devotes too much time to arguing against the straw man of ethical objections to game theory analyses - these could be dealt wit...more

Seriously though, Game Theory is an intellectually stimulating endeavor, but as an introductory text I think I need something a little more fun.

Explosions and chainsaw machine-guns would be a nice start.

I had no interest in the chapter "Evolutionary biology", but it would have been nice if he had elaborated more on the auction and regulatory aspects of game theory.

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Professor of Economics at UCL, after holding corresponding positions at LSE and the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan. Onetime Professor of Mathematics at LSE.

Author of 77 published papers and 11 books. Research in evolutionary game theory, bargaining theory, experimental economics, political philosophy, mathematics and statistics.

Grants from National Science Foundation (3), ESRC (1), STICER...more

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Author of 77 published papers and 11 books. Research in evolutionary game theory, bargaining theory, experimental economics, political philosophy, mathematics and statistics.

Grants from National Science Foundation (3), ESRC (1), STICER...more

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