Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life

by Len Fisher (Author)


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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: 14 Oct 2008

ISBN 10: 0465009387
ISBN 13: 9780465009381
Book Overview: Rock, Paper, Scissors : Game Theory In Everyday Life

Media Reviews
Publishers Weekly
Physicist and Ig Nobel Prize-winner Fisher explores how game theory illuminates social behavior in this lively study.... Fisher does succeed in making the complex nature of game theory accessible and relevant, showing how mathematics applies to the dilemmas we face on a daily basis.
Through a combination of real-world examples...and philosophical problems, Fisher shows us that we're more cooperative than we sometimes think we are, while at the same time startlingly more selfish than we out to be...the writing is lively, the scientific discourse clear and accessible, and the ideas challenging and exciting.
Author Bio
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.