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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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- Item Weight : 7.1 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1786780100
- ISBN-13 : 978-1786780102
- Product Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.56 x 7.8 inches
- Publisher : Watkins Publishing (February 14, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #282,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Does this style of "made up stories involving settings with simple explicit rules" actually help everyday life? Wise to be skeptical. More serious is the point that pretty much any observed behavior can be "explained" as rational within some invented game -- and a theory that explains everything explains nothing.
One quibble: the oft-repeated story "dozens of her neighbors witnessed the murder of Catherine Genovese" is essentially false (see Wikipedia).
It’s a great reality check. During negotiations I keep in mind what I learnt in this book despite the oppression I feel doing it.
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.
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Shapira's book gives a good grounding in the princples of game theory and how it can apply in real life situatations using the well-known game theory dilemmas and paradoxes. It is not a text book on the subject but it does give a good introduction; I should describe it as a good starting point.
Shapira describes the cases clearly enough for the layman to understand. There is no impenetrable mathematics. Whether this is considered a good or a bad thing depends on what the reader is hoping to get out of the book.
If you have heard of game theory and want to know what it is all about then this is the book for you. If you want to study it in more detail then I suggest you look elsewhere.
Is this book going to change your life? Probably not significantly but hopefully it will have the reading seeing things, especially events on the world stage, in a new light.
Reading this book can help you negotiating with others to get what you want in the most every day situations whether at home or at work. I found it interesting - though I don't pretend to understand the maths involved with some of the game analysis. Reading it did make me realise that I don't always work out what I want out of any situation which involves negotiation.
There is a lot of information in this small book and it does repay careful study as it will help you to improve any situation which involves any sort of negotiation even if it only makes you realise that you have to decide in advance what your own bottom line might be.
I've read better analysis of the Cuban missile crisis in a book on negotiation skills.
Almost all of the book reminded me of an analysis I read by a Leading Economist of why popcorn is expensive in cinemas: his use of economic theory made no sense to me whatsoever and whilst I can see how Game Theory came to be invented I'm not much the wiser as to how to apply it in all but the simplest two-person situation; perhaps there's no way to do that, Yanis Varoufakis didn't have much success in using it when negotiating with the EU.
Shapira has a distinctive voice, always walking a fine line between complex issues and simple (but not simplistic) explanations that everyone can enjoy, no matter their background.