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  • Gladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust

  • How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our Lives
  • By: Haim Shapira
  • Narrated by: Richard Lydon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Gladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust

By: Haim Shapira
Narrated by: Richard Lydon
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Summary

An accessible, light-hearted exploration into game theory. Haim Shapira describes what it is, why it is important, and how it can help us in our daily lives.

This audiobook provides many humorous anecdotes and insightful examples of how our daily lives are affected by game theory. Game theory is the mathematical formalization of interactive decision-making - it assumes that each player's goal is to maximize his/her benefit, whatever it may be. Players may be friends, foes, political parties, states, or any entity that behaves interactively, whether collectively or individually.

One of the problems with game analysis is the fact that, as a player, it’s very hard to know what would benefit each of the other players; some of us are not even clear about our own goals or what might actually benefit us. Haim Shapira uses multiple examples to explain what game theory is and how the different interactions between decision-makers can play out.

In this audiobook, you will:

  • Meet the Nobel Laureate John F. Nash and familiarize yourself with his celebrated equilibrium
  • Learn the basic ideas of the art of negotiation
  • Visit the gladiators’ ring and apply for a coaching position
  • Build an airport and divide inheritance
  • Issue ultimatums and learn to trust
©2017 Haim Shapira (P)2019 Watkins Publishing

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Great handbook

I have come to like a good handbook. Most books on subjects relevant to me are nowadays nothing more than a forgettable mix of theory and academic context. This book, however, turns game theory strategies into day to day advice about life (providing, for those interested, the mathematical and logical backing). That makes it handy and relevant at the same time.
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a few good games

some interesting concepts but take too long to explain them. a few good games but I was expecting more games to try out

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A good book for those who like basic mathematics.

This was a very pleasant listening focused on game theory and the application of mathematics in real life scenarios and situations.

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  • Glen J Grossman
  • 04-06-22

A Joyful Listen

The narrator is wonderful. I get the sense he was smiling as he read the text. Educational, enlightening, and funny. I will listen more than once.

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  • Alan
  • 23-03-22

Interesting, educational, humorous

short tight understanding of the basics of game theory some real world appñications always with an entertaining narration.

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  • Rowdy
  • 06-10-21

Very simple, nothing new

This is a low-effort retelling of simple game theory. I'd expected some sort of better understanding by the end of the book, but I got nothing. Read the "game theory" Wikipedia article and save yourself the credit.

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  • Nick Tovik
  • 25-05-21

excellent work on game theory and trust games

finishable in one session, great overview of game theory for anyone curious or looking for a refresher

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  • matt thomas
  • 15-01-20

Epic booke

Just awesome great easy to see in your head. Simple to understand and funny. Well worth the time

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  • Patrick
  • 11-12-19

Interesting Listen

Interesting although maybe not insightful. Entertaining with fun thought experiments regardless. Well worth the listen.