Game Theory
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss game theory, the mathematical study of decisionmaking. First formulated in the 1940s, the discipline entails devising ‘games’ to simulate situations of conflict or cooperation. It allows researchers to unravel decisionmaking strategies, and even to establish why certain types of behaviour emerge. Some of the games studied in game theory have become well known outside academia  they include the Prisoner’s Dilemma, an intriguing scenario popularised in novels and films, and which has inspired television game shows. Today game theory is seen as a vital tool in such diverse fields as evolutionary biology, economics, computing and philosophy.
Guests
 Ian Stewart
15 episodes
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick 
Andrew Colman No other episodes
Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester  Richard Bradley
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Professor of Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science
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Autocategory: 510 (Mathematics)
Hello (First sentence from this episode)
Hello. In 1928, a 25yearold Hungarian student gave his first public lecture.