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Essays on Game Theory

The late John F. Nash, Jr, formerly Department of Mathematics, Princeton University, US
Essays on Game Theory is a unique collection of seven of John Nash’s essays which highlight his pioneering contribution to game theory in economics.
Extent: 112 pp
Hardback Price: $129.00 Web: $116.10
Publication Date: 1996
ISBN: 978 1 85898 426 1
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Econometrics
  • Game Theory
Essays on Game Theory is a unique collection of seven of John Nash’s essays which highlight his pioneering contribution to game theory in economics.

Featuring a comprehensive introduction by Ken Binmore which explains and summarizes John Nash’s achievements in the field of non-cooperative and cooperative game theory, this book will be an indispensable reference for scholars and will be welcomed by those with an interest in game theory and its applications to the social sciences.
‘This short volume is very welcome . . . Most importantly, on pages 32-33, the volume reprints as an appendix to the journal article based on Nash’s Princeton doctoral dissertation on non-cooperative games a section of the thesis on “motivation and interpretation” that was omitted from the article. An editorial note remarks mildly that “The missing section is of considerable interest”. This section, not available in any other published source, makes the present volume indispensable for research libraries . . . Nash’s Essays on Game Theory, dating from his years as a Princeton graduate student . . . has a lasting impact on economics and related fields unmatched by any series of articles written in such a brief time . . . To economists, his name will always bring to mind his game theory papers of the early 1950s. It is good to have these conveniently reprinted in this volume.’
– Robert W. Dimand, The Economic Journal

‘The news that John Nash was to share the 1994 Nobel Prize for Economics with John Harsanyi and Reinhard Selten was doubly welcome. It signalled not only that the brilliant achievements of his youth were to be recognized in a manner consistent with their significance, but that the long illness that clouded his later years had fallen into remission. I hope that this collection of his economic papers will serve as another reminder that John Nash has rejoined the intellectual community to which he has contributed so much.’
– From the introduction by Ken Binmore
Contents: Introduction (K. Binmore) 1. The Bargaining Problem 2. Equilibrium Points in N-Person Games 3. A Simple Three-Person Poker Game 4. Non-cooperative Games 5. Two Person Cooperative Games 6. A Comparison of Treatments of a Duopoly Situation 7. Some Experimental n-Person Games Index