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n_t · 2019-11-15 · Original thread
You might like "Prisoner's Dilemma: John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb" (
rwmj · 2018-05-05 · Original thread
I quite like William Poundstone's books. In this case these two are relevant:

Edit: These are not puzzle books specifically, but books about puzzles.

gtrubetskoy · 2016-08-20 · Original thread
It is not a secret that Von Neumann's work on Game Theory at RAND corporation in the 50's was precisely commissioned by the US government to answer the first strike question.

Here is a quote from Wikipedia: "In 1950, the first mathematical discussion of the prisoner's dilemma appeared, and an experiment was undertaken by notable mathematicians Merrill M. Flood and Melvin Dresher, as part of the RAND Corporation's investigations into game theory. RAND pursued the studies because of possible applications to global nuclear strategy."

And another on RAND corp: "Its most visible contribution may be the doctrine of nuclear deterrence by mutually assured destruction (MAD), developed under the guidance of then-Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and based upon their work with game theory."

A great fun and entertaining book on the subject:

jnazario · 2014-08-22 · Original thread
John von Neumann was an absolutely amazing human and scientist. truly a genius, a polymath, and evidently quite an interesting party guest. the book Prisoner's Dilemma is ostensibly about game theory but it's set within the context of von Neumann's life. really quite fascinating, one of my favorite people to study.

ericb · 2009-12-20 · Original thread
Anyone have good game theory book recommendations? This book was enjoyable, although it dragged here and there:

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