Poundstone's three-dimensional outline of game theory mathematics sketches the life of its inventor, John von Neumann, and his role in Cold War policy-making. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This very readable book is partly a biography of John von Neumann, partly a nontechnical history of the branch of mathematics known as game theory, and partly a description of some of the paradoxical findings that arise from that theory. Von Neumann was a brilliant mathematician who was the major figure in the Manhattan Project and later an active public figure. Thus, those portions of the book that deal with his life are interesting and informative. Those sections that deal with game theory use no mathematics beyond simple arithmetic and are thus fascinating, thought provoking, and easily accessible to the layperson. For all biography and science collections.
- Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As mentioned in other reviews, there are three separate stories - Cold War, von Neumann biography and game theory. I did not find them blending well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Martin P. Cohen
This was an fun, non-technical book to read. It was filled with anecdotes and provided context to the genesis of game theory. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J RYAN
A good read for the lover of von Neumann's work in his too-short life. I would've liked more detail into the nature of non-zero-sum games, but this more a biography than... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tristan - New York
Dear fellow readers.
I Iove this book it adds to my library on Johnny Von Neuman and those parts of the book covering The Prisoner' s Dilemma add to the rudimentary... Read more
I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as I thought I would. It got rave reviews, perhaps that's the problem my expectations were to high but I didn't find it very interesting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Fred Nietzsche
The book intertwines three totally different subjects and to a degree that works well.
The book's take on historic cold war events is superficial. Read more