Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life

Basic Books (New York); publication date 10 November 2008

My new book on the underlying problems that bedevil our attempts to cooperate, and the strategies that we can use to overcome these problems

Pre-publication praise for Rock, Paper, Scissors:

“Rock, Paper, Scissors is a refreshingly informal but insightful account of key ideas in game theory. Len Fisher gives many examples, several from his own life, of games that pose harrowing choices for their players. He shows how game theory not only illuminates the consequences of these choices but also may help the players extricate themselves from situations likely to cause anger or grief.”

Professor Steve Brams, Department of Politics, New York University. Author of Game Theory and Politics and Negotiation Games

“Rock, Paper, Scissors brings the evolution of cooperation to everyone with a succinct summary of how these exciting ideas change the way we look at the world and the way we think.”

John R. Hauser, Kirin Professor of Marketing, MIT Sloan School of Management

“A tour de force of exposition, with many amusing and enlightening vignettes of the application of game theory to real-world interactions in the home, amongst friends, in business, and in international relations. A great introduction to several themes in recent game theory for the intelligent reader.”

Professor Robert Marks, Australian Graduate School of Management. Winner of computer tournament on strategies for effective cooperation.

“a super book. I enjoyed it very much.”

Lord May of Oxford (Past President of the Royal Society and an expert on game theory).

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Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life

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