Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Start by marking “Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction” as Want to Read:

# Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #173)

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)

## Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book,
please sign up.

## Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about
Game Theory,
please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Game Theory

This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Add this book to your favorite list »

## Community Reviews

(showing
1-30
of
1,141)

บอกตามตรง ถาผมไมไดมีพืนฐานเลกนอยเกียวกับทฤษฑีเกมส หนังสือเลมนีคงเขาตาซายทะลุตาขวา เพราะเตมไปดวยศัพทแสงทีผมตองแปลกลับเปนภาษาอังกฤษถึงจะพอเขาใจ

'แองดึงดูด' 'ขอบเขตการมีเหตุมีผลจำกัด' 'พลวัตหนวยคัดสำเนา' 'กลยุทธครอบงำ' ศัพทเหลานีมีแตจะสรางความสับสนงุนงงจนยากทีจะอานหนังสือเลมนีเขาใจ

สำหรับผม บททีแยทีสุดคือทฤษฎีเกมสกับวิวัฒนาการ ทีสรุป 3 - 4 บทจากหนังสือ Selfish Gene ของ Dawkins มาเปนบทเลกๆ ความยาวไมกีหนา ซึงสำหร ...more

some of the interesting points:

* discussion of auction mechanisms, with ...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

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

Wow! I can't believe I got this far (34% of the book)! This is one of the most BORING books I have ever read in my life! This was supposed to read like an introduction to the theory (hence the title a VERY SHORT introduction), not an undergrad texbook full of B.O.R.I.N.G examples and explanations! It's ridiculously tedious and managed to get on my nerves! This is definitely aimed at undergrads majoring in economics, not at the general reader! Full of technical terms - I just g ...more

It touches on a fairly surface understanding of concepts of Game Theory.

I'll admit at times it isn't easy to follow, But that just made me want to read more!

I think that's kinda the point of these "A Very Short Introductions" (although I will admit this is my first read of a book in the series). In my reading of *"Game Theory An Introduction" by Tadelis* (not the same book), I've realized just how 'math-y' ...more

This book sells game theory very well and gives many examples of games and their applications. However, most of it I didn't understand without re-reading and parts of it I still don't understand. I blame this partly on game theory being complex but also on the explanations not really ...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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Be the first to start one »

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

More about Ken Binmore...
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

## Other Books in the Series

Very Short Introductions
(1 - 10 of 449 books)

## Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“Cooperation and conflict are two sides of the same coin, neither of which can be understood properly without taking account of the other.”
—
0 likes

More quotes…