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The Game’s Afoot! Game Theory in Myth and Paradox


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Alexander Mehlmann, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria. Translated by Professor David Kramer

Publication: The Student Mathematical Library
Publication Year 2000: Volume 5
ISBNs: 978-0-8218-2121-3 (print); 978-1-4704-1820-5 (online)
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/stml/005
MathSciNet review: MR1756263
MSC: Primary 00A08; Secondary 91A40

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Table of Contents


Part 1. The glass bead game

  • Introduction to Part I
  • Chapter 1. Games, form(ula)s, and scholars
  • Chapter 2. Equilibrium and game as metaphor
  • Chapter 3. In the forest of game trees
  • Chapter 4. Games against time

Part 2. The myths of game theory

  • Introduction to Part II
  • Chapter 5. The prisoner’s dilemma
  • Chapter 6. Paradoxes of backward induction
  • Chapter 7. Strategic accents of game-theoretic scholasticism
  • Chapter 8. Odysseus goes to war
  • A postlude in rhyme
  • Appendix. Games in the network of networks