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Game Changers by Rudolf Taschner

Game Changers

Game Changers by Rudolf Taschner
Oct 03, 2017 | 237 Pages
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“How do you bluff at poker, bring Al or Capone (or both) behind bars, and question the origins of morality? Game Changers compellingly makes the case that, one way or another, games of chance, and strategies for such games, inform most of what humans do. As one of its historical protagonists puts it, games are the ‘golden mean between debate and combat.’ This is an eminently readable tour d’horizon, engaging and rich in historical detail. Meeting the brilliant pioneers of game theory up close, you cannot help but marvel at the many subtle and not-so-subtle ways by which chance affects your life, for better or for worse.”
—Arno Berger, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences University of Alberta 

“Taschner takes the reader through the history of game theory, by not only highlighting mathematicians but also statesmen like Benjamin Franklin and composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This is an amazing read for mathematicians and the general readership. Enjoy!”
—Alfred S. Posamentier, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education and former dean, CCNY, City University of New York

“The story of game theory has never been told in such an elegant and entertaining way. Rudolf Taschner takes us on a journey of contemporary math from the times of Mozart through the Vienna of the twenties and thirties to modern Princeton. He is as much an artful educator as he is a storyteller.”

—Anne-Catherine Simon, author, journalist, and arts editor for the Austrian newspaper, Die Presse

“Brain food served by Rudolf Taschner: rich, smooth, and tastier than a Viennese cake.”
—Karl Sigmund, author of Games of Life

“A beautiful rendition of historical facts blended with novel license to enrich our understanding of the progression of game theory. Examples abound to illustrate number sequence and meaning. This is a book that captures our imagination while educating us in history as well.”

—Ira Esformes, MD, former chief of Orthopedics and present chairman of the Department of Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, Pascack Valley Hospital

“In his book, Taschner weaves in cameos of the main players of game theory, managing to present dry history as fictionalized, suspenseful stories.”

—Austria Presse Agentur (Austrian National News Agency)

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