Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life

by Len Fisher
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Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life by Len Fisher

Praised by Entertainment Weekly as “the man who put the fizz into physics,” Dr. Len Fisher turns his attention to the science of cooperation in his lively and thought-provoking book. Fisher shows how the modern science of game theory has helped biologists to understand the evolution of cooperation in nature, and investigates how we might apply those lessons to our own society. In a series of experiments that take him from the polite confines of an English dinner party to crowded supermarkets, congested Indian roads, and the wilds of outback Australia, not to mention baseball strategies and the intricacies of quantum mechanics, Fisher sheds light on the problem of global cooperation. The outcomes are sometimes hilarious, sometimes alarming, but always revealing. A witty romp through a serious science, Rock, Paper, Scissors will both teach and delight anyone interested in what it what it takes to get people to work together.

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ISBN-13: 9780465009381
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/03/2008
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 808,632
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Len Fisher, Ph.D., is Visiting Research Fellow in the Physics Department at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Weighing the Soul and How to Dunk a Doughnut, which was named Best Popular Science Book of 2004 by the American Institute of Physics. He has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and the Discovery Channel, as well as in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. He is the recipient of a 1999 IgNobel Prize for calculating the optimal way to dunk a doughnut. He lives in Wiltshire, England, and Blackheath, Australia.

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Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TrueBlueDad More than 1 year ago
"This book reveals the pervasiveness of game theory in everyday life and does it in an entertaining way. Fisher outlines basics of the "Prisoner's Dilemma", one of the most common game theory principles and other examples like the "Tragedy of the Commons". You will recognize these models once they are explained and begin to see them played out everyday at work or with your family. Questions like what happened to all those spoons in the office kitchen, are answered and a few more significant ones as well. Fans of thought provoking books will find this a worthwhile read. And if you play Rock, Paper, Scissors it gives some hints how to win more often.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Len Fisher, an award-winning author of popular science books, has written an entertaining, enlightening and practical guide to the abstruse discipline of game theory. Fisher shows how game theory explains phenomena as mundane as why spoons go missing from a coffee break room, as ingenious as rabbinical problem solving in the Talmud and as fateful as global warming. getAbstract finds that his lively writing invites a wide audience. Fisher engages lay readers by elucidating an intensively mathematical subject without heavy reliance on equations or jargon. His treatment of the subject makes game theory appear only slightly more complicated than child's play. In fact, he often uses children's games to illustrate the role of game theory in daily life.
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I got the book today because my college is making all newcomers read it. I'm on page twenty-five and have never read 25 pages worse than that. It's completely incomprehensible to me, boring, useless, and confusing. It's written in a way that only a genius can understand. I'm already considering putting the book down (in the trash) and transferring schools. 0/5 stars.