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The Birth of a New Science

James Case

Hill and Wang

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What do chess-playing computer programs, biological evolution, competitive sports, gambling, alternative voting systems, public auctions, corporate globalization, and class warfare have in common? All are manifestations of a new paradigm in scientific thinking, one that the author calls “the emerging science of competition.” Drawing in part on the pioneering work of mathematicians such as John von Neumann, John Nash (of A Beautiful Mind fame), and Robert Axelrod, James Case explores the common game-theoretical strands that tie these seemingly unrelated fields together, showing how each can be better understood in the shared light of the others. Not since James Gleick’s bestselling book Chaos brought widespread public attention to the new sciences of chaos and complexity has a general-interest science book served such an eye-opening purpose. Competition will appeal to a wide range of readers, from policy wonks and futurologists to former jocks and other ordinary citizens seeking to make sense of a host of novel—and frequently controversial—issues.

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“The implications for economic thought are stunning.”Louis Galambos, John Hopkins University

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James Case

James Case holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, has taught at a number of universities and worked in private industry, and is the regular book reviewer for SIAM News of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

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Competition
The Birth of a New Science
James Case

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
June 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780809035786
ISBN10: 0809035782
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Includes 67 Line Drawings Throughout, Notes, and an Index
$16.00

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
June 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429923095
ISBN10: 1429923091
368 pages, Includes 67 Line Drawings Throughout, Notes, and an Index
$9.99
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