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Laws of the Game: How the Principles of Nature Govern Chance

By: M Eigen and R Winkler

366 pages, 41 col & 26 b/w illus.

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Jun 1993 | #24512 | ISBN: 0691025665
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About this book

Using game theory and examples of actual games people play, the authors show how the elements of chance and rules underlie all that happens in the universe, from genetic behavior through economic growth to the composition of music.

Fascinating ... has the character of the deepest sort of discussion among brilliant friends. The New Yorker Remarkable, fascinating, and very profound. The New York Times Book Review


Contents

<table><TR><TD> <TD>Translators' Note <TD>The Taming of Chance <TR><TD>1 <TD>The Origin of Play <TR><TD>2 <TD>Games People Play <TR><TD>3 <TD>Microcosm - Macrocosm <TR><TD>4 <TD>Statistical Bead Games <TR><TD>5 <TD>Darwin and Molecules <TR><TD>2 <TD>Games in Time and Space <TR><TD>6 <TD>Structure, Pattern, Shape <TR><TD>7 <TD>Symmetry <TR><TD>8 <TD>Metamorphoses of Order <TR><TD>3 <TD>The Limits of the Game - The Limits of Humanity <TR><TD>9 <TD>The Parable of the Physicists <TR><TD>10 <TD>Of Self-Reproducing Automata and Thinking Machines <TR><TD>11 <TD>"From One Make Ten..." <TR><TD>12 <TD>Limited Space and Resources <TR><TD>13 <TD>From Ecosystem to Industrial Society <TR><TD>4 <TD>In the Realm of Ideas <TR><TD>14 <TD>Popper's Three Worlds <TR><TD>15 <TD>From Symbol to Language <TR><TD>16 <TD>Memory and Complex Reality <TR><TD>17 <TD>The Art of Asking the Right Question <TR><TD>18 <TD>Playing with Beauty <TR><TD> <TD>List of References <TR><TD> <TD>Index

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