February 14th 2010
Prisoner’s Dilemma. John van Neumann, game theory, and the puzzle of the bomb.William Poundstone. 1992. ISBN 9780385415804. If you use a computer – you owe so much to Jon Van Neumann. I confess we called number theory mystery math in university. No longer – I understand it now. This little book does a great job on the subject. The story of van Neumann is fascinating, then you have the explanation of many games like the prisoner’s dilemma and how they apply to nuclear proliferation. Many world leaders should read this book, but of course politics and ego overshadow logic and rationality. Well worth the read, but this is not a trivial book but it will help anyone in negotiations.
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