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  • Title: Introduction to Game Theory: a Discovery Approach
  • Author(s) Jennifer Firkins Nordstrom
  • Publisher: Linfield University; eBook (Creative Commons Licensed)
  • License(s): CC BY 4.0
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  • eBook: HTML and PDF
  • Language: English
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Book Description

Game Theory is an excellent topic for a non-majors quantitative course as it develops mathematical models to understand human behavior in social, political, and economic settings. The variety of applications can appeal to a broad range of students. Additionally, students can learn mathematics through playing games, something many choose to do in their spare time!

This text also includes an exploration of the ideas of game theory through the rich context of popular culture. It contains sections on applications of the concepts to popular culture. It suggests films, television shows, and novels with themes from game theory. The questions in each of these sections are intended to serve as essay prompts for writing assignments.

The text is free to download. The materials have been classroom-tested. The online version has been updated, but is also a work in progress. I welcome any feedback on the materials.

About the Authors
  • Jennifer Firkins Nordstrom is Professor of Mathematics at Linfield College. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon, an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Redlands.
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