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Games of No Chance by Richard J. Nowakowski
Book DescriptionIs Nine-Men Morris, in the hands of perfect players, a win for white or for black - or a draw? Can king, rook, and knight always defeat king and two knights in chess? What can Go players learn from economists? What are nimbers, tinies, switches and minies? This book deals with combinatorial games, that is, games not involving chance or hidden information. Their study is at once old and young: though some games, such as chess, have been analyzed for centuries, the first full analysis of a nontrivial combinatorial game (Nim) only appeared in 1902. The first part of this book will be accessible to anyone, regardless of background: it contains introductory expositions, reports of unusual tournaments, and a fascinating article by John H. Conway on the possibly everlasting contest between an angel and a devil. For those who want to delve more deeply, the book also contains combinatorial studies of chess and Go; reports on computer advances such as the solution of Nine-Men Morris and Pentominoes; and theoretical approaches to such problems as games with many players. If you have read and enjoyed Martin Gardner, or if you like to learn and analyze new games, this book is for you.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521646529
(228mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard J. Nowakowski
Games of No Chance 4, Hardback (April 2015)
Presents the mathematical structure of old games and new: Hex, Go, Toppling Dominoes, Maze, plus a tutorial on analysing misere games.
More Games of No Chance, Paperback (February 2011)
This 2003 book documents mathematical and computational advances in Amazons, Chomp, Dot-and-Boxes, Go, Chess, Hex, and more.
Games of No Chance 3, Hardback (May 2009)
This fascinating look at combinatorial games, that is, games not involving chance or hidden information, offers updates on standard games.
Games of No Chance, Hardback (February 1997)» View all books by Richard J. Nowakowski
A fascinating look at the mathematics behind games such as checkers, chess, Go, Nim, and Nine-Men Morris.
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