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The Triumph of Rationality
January/February 2012 (vol. 27 no. 1)
pp. 60-64
Michael Wooldridge, University of Liverpool

Over the past decade, concepts and techniques from game theory have been both influential and successful in AI—and indeed, in computer science generally.

1. D. Ariely, Predictably Irrational, Harper-Collins, 2008. A hugely entertaining study of human irrationality.
2. R. Axelrod, The Evolution of Cooperation, Basic Books, 1984. One of the most influential discussions on how cooperation can emerge from the actions of self-interested agents.
3. K, Binmore, Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford Univ. Press, 2007. An enjoyable survey of game theory by one of its most prominent modern proponents.
4. J. von Neumann and O. Morgenstern, Theory of Games and Economic Behavior, Princeton Univ. Press, 1944. Laid the foundations of contemporary game theory, although now perhaps of primarily historical interest.
5. N. Nisan et al., Algorithmic Game Theory, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007. A collection of articles examining the role of game theory in theoretical computer science.
6. M. Osborne and A. Rubinstein, A Course in Game Theory, MIT Press, 1994. My favorite textbook on game theory.
7. W. Poundstone, Prisoner's Dilemma, Oxford Univ. Press, 1992. A popular history of game theory, with an emphasis on the Prisoner's Dilemma and its role in the analysis of cold war international relations.
8. Y. Shoham and K. Leyton-Brown, Multiagent Systems: Algorithmic, Game-Theoretic, and Logical Foundations, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009. A good recent textbook on game theory from the viewpoint of multiagent systems and AI.
9. M. Wooldridge, An Introduction to Multiagent Systems, 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2009. An introduction to the scope and issues in multiagent systems research, mathematically lighter than the Shoham volume.

Index Terms:
game theory, solution concepts, Nash equilibrium, prisoner's dilemma
Michael Wooldridge, "The Triumph of Rationality," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 60-64, Jan.-Feb. 2012, doi:10.1109/MIS.2012.20
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