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Game Theory

A Very Short Introduction
Lu par : Jesse Einstein
Durée : 6 h et 11 min
Catégories : Argent et finance, Economie
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No one is more qualified to provide a primer on game theory than one of its founders, Ken Binmore, Professor Emeritus of Economics at University College London, who concisely illustrates the theory’s practical use in everyday life, sheds light on its history, and touches on its key concepts, including but not limited to the Nash equilibrium and minimax.

Jesse Einstein’s amiable, down-to-earth delivery of this sometimes challenging material makes this intellectually stimulating audiobook palatable to all audiences.

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Games are everywhere: Drivers maneuvering in heavy traffic are playing a driving game. Bargain hunters bidding on eBay are playing an auctioning game. The supermarket's price for corn flakes is decided by playing an economic game. This Very Short Introduction offers a succinct tour of the fascinating world of game theory, a groundbreaking field that analyzes how to play games in a rational way. Ken Binmore, a renowned game theorist, explains the theory in a way that is both entertaining and non-mathematical yet also deeply insightful, revealing how game theory can shed light on everything from social gatherings, to ethical decision-making, to successful card-playing strategies, to calculating the sex ratio among bees.

With mini biographies of many fascinating, and occasionally eccentric, founders of the subject - including John Nash, subject of the movie A Beautiful Mind - this audiobook offers a concise overview of a cutting-edge field that has seen spectacular successes in evolutionary biology and economics, and is beginning to revolutionize other disciplines from psychology to political science.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2007 Ken Binmore (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Great book, but doesn't work well as audiobook

The Game theory is quite hard and abstract topic to get introduced into, but the author does it perfectly. The topic selection seems very reasonable and they are well covered. Also many popular doubts and real-life applications are mentioned and explained, which makes it easier to accommodate.
However, due to the domain complexity, it's very hard to listen to it on the go. Unless you can really keep the printed materials in front of you and keep going back and forth through the recording you'll probably not learn much more than just the general ideas (which is a lot anyway).

The production could be also a bit better if it provided a better explanation of what can be seen in the figures/diagrams. Just reading the text seems not enough for a fairly technical book.

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  • Jarrod Al-Alou
  • 09/01/2015

Not good for audio book format

One of the primary locations I listen to audio books is during transit. If you do the same then this book is not for you, as you sometimes need to be able to reference the diagrams as they are not clearly discussed in the audio book.

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  • Thomas
  • 18/01/2014

No PDF File of Figures Provided

The author's presentation of game theory is understandable and would be easy to digest except for the lack of a PDF with the figures that are constantly referred to. This is an oversight on par with the lack of valet parking at the emergency room entrance.

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  • Charles
  • 02/11/2016

Not a good pick for audio

There is plenty of interest here for math lovers. I'm a pure amateur in this field and it's a pretty good and well-written introduction.

In audio format it suffers from the text's reliance on the figures. This makes listening in the car or while doing other tasks less rewarding. Also I found the reading tedious and occasionally unwittingly comic. The reader mispronounced "Herodotus" and "learned," for instance.

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  • Magnus Wrenninge
  • 22/04/2014

Unbearable narration

What disappointed you about Game Theory?

The text was dry, which is fine. But the narration made me put it down after an hour, it was so awkward to listen to that I just couldn't stand it.

What could Ken Binmore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It's not his fault.

What didn’t you like about Jesse Einstein’s performance?

Everything.

What character would you cut from Game Theory?

N/A

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  • Zahid Ahmad
  • 23/01/2017

Useless for meaningful learning of Game Theory

What would have made Game Theory better?

This book is a poor introduction to the Game Theory. One could learn better by Wikipedia. The book is basically the narration of the various headlines covered by this theory and throws in an example that is insufficient. Every point should have been made clear by various easy examples. One drawback is that the accompanying drawings and charts cannot be consulted while driving and make an essential part of the book. Recommend one buys a physical book and read it if serious about this topic. If you want a cursory feel good type of information this audio may be OK.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 01/10/2016

..it only works when people play games rationally!

"...game theory isn't able to solve all the word's problems, because it only works when people play games rationally."
--Ken Bilmore, Game Theory, A Very Short Introduction

Ken Binmore's Very Short Introduction (VSI #173) to Game Theory is my second selection of Oxford's huge, gigantic VSI series (quickly approaching 500 books). It was probably closer to 3.5 stars, but mainly because of the structural problems with surveying Game Theory in less than 200 pages. At less than 200 pages Binmore is able to break down Game Theory into chapters on chance, time, conventions, reciprocity, information, auctions, evolutionary biology, bargaining and coalitions, puzzles and paradoxes.

For the beginner, the problem with this book will be how quickly the book expects the reader to pick up on some of the accepted standards of game theory thinking and explanations (boxes, game trees, subgames, etc). For the non-beginner, the book sometimes skims over areas that the reader (or perhaps, just this reader) might want to wade deeper (more maths) into. This is the inherent tension in all the VSI. It is the dance, the game of the series. You have to be able to present your information in a package designed to be broad in scope, but small in application. Binmore does a good job, however. I was very satisfied with the progression of the book, and loved getting a bit more info on such game theory notables as Nash, Von Neumann, etc.

I was also excited by the whole chapter devoted to game theory and evolutionary biology. It took me back to reading Robert Wright's Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny and The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, and The Evolution of God. This book also was good in giving me a couple more GT books to read in the future on cooperation.

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  • Me
  • 08/09/2016

Worst narrator ever

What would have made Game Theory better?

A different narrator

What could Ken Binmore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Content seems fine, but narrator is so awful that I couldn't listen more than 1 hour of it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jesse Einstein’s performances?

No way

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book itself seems fine.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately it is no long eligible for return.

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  • Tyler Vaughan
  • 19/06/2015

Not Good

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He might have read too fast and made it difficult to follow each game situation considering this is meant to be a introduction.

Any additional comments?

This book is not a introduction. There is very limited defining of terms and the explanations of game situations are all over the place which makes it difficult to comprehend and follow the book.

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  • Reg
  • 03/02/2014

Not an introduction

This book is complicated and uses to much field related jargon. It's good for those familer with the concepts but painfully complicated for those who aren't

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  • John Z
  • 22/08/2020

Good info but lacks clarity and flow

Contains good information, but lacks in-depth explanations on very thought provoking topics/situations. Also, book doesn't really flow in a way that gives readers the chance to think critically about specific situations before they blurt out the optimal solution.

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  • Roeykahlon
  • 15/07/2019

basic knowledge

I'll recommend the book as a nice introduction for Game theory, unfortunately, I was missing a link for all figures... it's not an easy book to listen to, I guess that you should also have a hard copy for the book.