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The World the Game theorists Made

Paul Erickson


This book is about the history of game theory – roughly speaking, a mathematical theory of interaction between rational individuals – during the Cold War era. While game theory today is most commonly associated with the discipline of economics, during this earlier period the theory was appropriated and adapted by researchers in a wide range of contexts, from military-funded mathematics and operations research to interdisciplinary “behavioral science,” “conflict resolution,” even evolutionary biology. In the process, game theory found itself at the heart of a broader series of debates: about w ... More

Keywords: game theory, rationality, mathematics, economics, history of the human sciences, Cold War, intellectual history, theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226097039
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226097206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Erickson, author
Wesleyan University