- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Watkins Publishing (February 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786780100
- ISBN-13: 978-1786780102
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust: How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our Lives Paperback – February 14, 2017
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Haim Shapira is a prominent mathematician, speaker, philosopher and esteemed game theorist. He is the author of numerous books, including the award-winningNocturnal Musings.
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Where this book excels is in integrating mathematics, behavioral psychology and economics in some amusing examples that are simple enough to have clear solutions, but realistic enough to stimulate real thought. It's short and easy to read, clearly written with the flair of an accomplished lecturer.
We are all competitive, no matter what we may claim, and many play on this competitiveness to try and get us to share their news, buy their products, collect something and so-forth. It is not a one-way street, as our behaviours at auctions and retail sales can attest.
This is a fascinating book that treats a serious subject in a serious way, albeit in an accessible and engaging style. A good balancing act has been achieved and reading it was a pleasure rather than a chore or something one may be required to endure! The author even makes the bold claim that the reader will, if they can remember the maths and tricks explained within, be a great asset at parties when they can amuse and amaze their friends at the same time. This has not yet been verified.
An ideal “summer read” when you are travelling, lazing on the beach or just fancy swotting up on something you may not really know about. That said, even those who believe they know a lot about game theory could get some benefit from this book.