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The Birth of a New Science

James Case

Hill and Wang

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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CHAPTER 1Man Versus MachineOn May 11, 1997, an IBM computer named Deep Blue defeated the reigning world chess champion in a six-game match. It was the first loss of Garry Kasparov's professional career and, with the possible exception of Bobby Fischer's victory over Boris Spassky in 1972, the most widely reported chess match in history. A pre-match press conference was attended by more than two hundred reporters from around the world, including TV crews from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, and several foreign networks. As the match progressed, and the likelihood of a Deep Blue victory increased,
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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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James Case

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