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Introducing Game Theory

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Why did countries engage in a nuclear arms race? How do we make decisions when we don't have all the information? What makes international environmental cooperation possible?

Game theory is the study of how we make a decision when the outcome of our moves depends on the decisions of someone else. But it's not just about predicting your opponent's next play in a game of chess; conflict and cooperation lie at the heart of game theory, which is useful for understanding behaviour in everything from our social lives to business, global politics to evolutionary theory.

In Introducing Game Theory, economists Ivan and Tuvana Pastine explore this fascinating area, which looks beneath the surface of human behaviour ? calling upon psychology, evolutionary biology, political science and sociology to explain why, when faced with a decision, we sometimes cooperate, sometimes clash, and sometimes act in a way that seems completely random.

Stylishly brought to life by regular Guardian illustrator Tom Humberstone, the book takes readers on a tour of the key ideas and thinkers, and puts you into a series of games that provide a new perspective on the world we live in.

About the Authors

Dr Ivan and Dr Tuvana Pastine are American and Turkish university lecturers working in Ireland. They specialize in applications of game theory and have published jointly and separately on a wide variety of fields, analyzing coordinating advertising and price dynamics, political campaign financing, affirmative action in education, sovereign default, speculative attacks, labour migration and international trade.

Tom Humberstone is a comics artist and illustrator. He is the editor and publisher of UK comics anthology Solipsistic Pop and former cartoonist for New Statesman. His illustration clients include the Guardian, VICE, the Independent, Stylist, OUP, and many more.


A Game Of Chance

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The second in the series featuring FBI Special Agent Dana Whitestone finds a sadistic killer playing a deadly game of chance on the streets of New York

A criminal mastermind is carrying out a deadly game of murder on the streets of New York. Following the rules of chess he moves his victims around the city, leaving his sinister calling cards at each blood-soaked crime scene. But as the body count mounts, the New York police force is no nearer to catching this sadistic killer. Expert profiler FBI Special Agent Dana Whitestone is brought in to help. Still bruised from her encounter with The Cleveland Slasher, Dana, and her partner Jeremy Brown, soon become embroiled in a macabre game of cat and mouse as they try to hunt down this highly intelligent but utterly ruthless murderer before he claims his next victim. And then they realize they might be up against not one killer but two-and all hell breaks loose.


A Game Of Chess And Other Stories

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'They were no longer partners keen to test out their abilities in lighthearted play; they were enemies bent on each other's destruction.'

When it is discovered that the reigning world chess champion, Mirko Czentovic, is on board a cruiser heading for Buenos Aires, a fellow passenger challenges him to a game. Czentovic easily defeats him, but during the rematch a mysterious Austrian, Dr B., intervenes and, to the surprise of everyone, helps the underdog obtain a draw. When, the next day, Dr B. confides in a compatriot travelling on the same ship and decides to reveal the harrowing secret behind his formidable chess knowledge, a chilling tale of imprisonment and psychological torment unfolds.

Stefan Zweig's last and most famous story, 'The Game of Chess' was written in exile in Brazil and explores its author's anxieties about the situation in Europe following the rise of the Nazi regime. The tale is presented here in a brand-new translation, along with three of the master storyteller's most acclaimed novellas: 'Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman', 'The Invisible Collection' and 'Incident on Lake Geneva'.

About the Author

One of the most prominent European writers of the 1920s and 1930s, Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) left his native Austria in 1934 following the rise of Nazism, committing suicide in exile in Brazil.


How Not To Play Chess

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Beginners and even fairly advanced players agree on one thing: analysing the strength or weakness of a position (material being equal) is the hardest part of chess to learn. It is also one of the hardest elements to teach, and there are some who claim it is unteachable. But this wonderfully lucid book, written by one of the outstanding chess expositors of the twentieth century, presents the basis of analysis in such a disarmingly simple way that even the most casual player will be able to improve his game immensely.Sticking to a few well-chosen examples and explaining every step along the way, the author shows you how to avoid playing a hit-or-miss game, from move to move, and instead develop general plans of action based on positional analysis: weak and strong squares, the notion of controlling a square, how to seize control of open lines, weak points in the pawn structure, and other aspects of analysis.He includes as well a number of tips (not often found in books for beginners and average players) that the reader would do well to commit to memory: such hints as ""Never omit to blockade an enemy passed pawn,"" and ""Do not be content with attacking an existing weakness; always seek to create others."" Throughout the book he defines and illustrates typical chess mistakes, and anyone reading his book carefully will learn in a few hours what he might otherwise have spent years to attain. For this revised edition, the author added 20 problems from master games on which the reader can test his understanding of the principles found in the text.


The Ultimate Game Plan Ritual

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A Proven Method To Achieving Anything In Business and In Life Guaranteed In this book what you will find are the techniques that I use even today to goal achievement and aim higher in life. We all wish that life could be better, but how many of us get the results that we are looking for? The Ultimate Game Plan Ritual shares with you how to blast through fear, be more productive and get over your excuses fast. This book is for high achievers only and for those who are really looking to make a change in their life. Do not read this book if you are not going to engage in the worksheets provided and the proven principles that are provided for you. Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn... You Will Learn That Single Move That Will Take You From Greatness To Outstanding How To Get Un-Stuck And Make A Rapid Change Now How To Raise Your Standards and Aim Higher In Life How To Blast Through Fear And Achieve Anything Testimonials: "Everything is happening so quickly because of Vivian Weissman's part of this endeavor. We now reap the benefits and success of what you have taught us. Thank you." -Steve Read, The Learn & Live Foundation "I now depend of Vivian Weissman. From investing one hour, I was able to organize and systemize my financial future." -Audrey, College Student "As a result of using this Proven 3-Step System, I have become more productive and effective. The techniques are brilliant in their simplicity." -Robert Zabel, Elite Coaching Client "Vivian Weissman has made all the difference. I can honestly say with confidence that your proven system has completely changed my mindset on goal setting, creating wealth, striving for perfection and making every second count." -Alex M., Entrepreneur, Internet Marketer "With great delight, Vivian is the top recommendation for anyone who wishes to improve his/her career and life." -Andrea Bizzotto, Acceleration Architect "I believe in Vivian's philosophy. The time you have invested to share your life's work is so valuable." -Henry Arends, Entrepreneur & Business Owner



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