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Its precisely because of the many different topics in science that game theory touches. It was invented for use in economics, but over the decades its applications have extended to biology, psychology, anthropology, neuroscience and even quantum physics. Science journalism ought to report new scientific insights, and game theory has become a spectacular tool for identifying many new insights.
What is it about science that really generates the passion necessary to explore it in such depth?
Science is the one common language for coping with the world that transcends personal preferences and prejudicial ideologies. Many people, even some scientists, nevertheless try to impose their preferences or ideologies on science. In my writings I try to cut through those prejudices to find the evidence, interpreted by sound reasoning, that tells natures true story. The search for that evidence and reasoning is what drives me.
The movie or the book which did you like better?
The book, of course. The movie was very entertaining but bore very little resemblance to the true story and pretty much garbled what little it described about John Nashs math. The book was a skillfully written biography that provided some flavor of the math, although it did not explore game theorys widespread use across the spectrum of scientific disciplines.
I just read this book, couldn't put it down.
Usuaully the author presents one example of work within each field he discusses - I suppose this keeps it readable but disappointing light fare.
What makes the book very accessible are the plentiful examples - both classical and contrived - that are used to explain the various theories.
A good introduction to game theory and its many applications. This, and other books like it (e.g. Brian Greene, etc) should become standard textbooks for high school students... Read morePublished 16 months ago by F. Jafari
When I first picked up this book, I was not expecting the variety of topics that are covered inside. Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Dave Mark
This is one of the nicest popular science reads I have experienced for a long time. The author has the ability to explain science and math in a very clear manner. Read morePublished on August 8, 2008 by George W. Annandale
The book jacket tells us that Seigfried won an award "for interpreting [science] for the public." I'm sure that that award was well deserved, for he has a knack for taking complex... Read morePublished on July 2, 2007 by M@