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Introduction to Game Theory: a Discovery Approach

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Jennifer Firkins Nordstrom, McMinnville, Oregon

Copyright Year: 2017

Publisher: Jennifer Firkins Nordstrom

Language: English

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Reviewed by Sangphil Kim, Assistant Professor, Winona State University on 6/6/20

This book is not as comprehensive as a general Game theory book. However, it covers a large enough portion of Game theory for a Quantitative Reasoning course for non-Math major students. read more

Reviewed by Alison Salomone, Visiting Lecturer, Bridgewater State University on 5/31/20

This book does an admirable job of covering the basics of game theory, including classic examples such as tic tac toe, as well as historical pop culture examples. The book also discusses the behavior of individuals as a main focus as opposed to... read more

Reviewed by Tom Clarke, Instructor, Central Louisiana Technical Community College on 5/1/20

The text begins with simple examples of game theory such as cake division and tic-tac-toe. Then it moves to two-person zero-sum games discussing areas such as dominated strategies, a brief explanation of probability and equilibrium points. Mixed... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1 What is Game Theory?
  • 2 Two-Person Zero-Sum Games
  • 3 Repeated Two-Person Zero-sum Games
  • 4 Non-Zero-Sum Games

About the Book

Game theory is an excellent topic for a non-majors quantitative course as it develops mathematical models to understand human behavior in social, political, and economic settings. The variety of applications can appeal to a broad range of students. Additionally, students can learn mathematics through playing games, something many choose to do in their spare time! This text also includes an exploration of the ideas of game theory through the rich context of popular culture. It contains sections on applications of the concepts to popular culture. It suggests films, television shows, and novels with themes from game theory. The questions in each of these sections are intended to serve as essay prompts for writing assignments.


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About the Contributors


Jennifer Firkins Nordstrom, Department of Mathematics, Linfield College