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Book Title: El dilema del prisionero: John Von Neumann, la Teoria de Juegos y la bombaThe author of the book: William PoundstoneCity - Country: No dataLoaded: 1695 timesReader ratings: 6.5Edition: Alianza Editorial SaDate of issue: June 30th 2005ISBN: 8420658405ISBN 13: 9788420658407Language: EnglishFormat files: PDFThe size of the: 3.43 MB |

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When is a math book not a math book? How about when it's a biography, or a history of the early Cold War years? Clocking in at 278 pages, this book is sort of three books in one. It's kind of a look at Game Theory. Sometimes it's a biography of John Von Neumann, and then at other times it's a primer about early Cold War paranoia and the beginning of the arms race.

All three are pretty interesting subjects, and they are intertwined in ways that are fairly obvious (or at least fairly obvious if one reads the dust jacket), but unlike real brand Oreo's with their carefully calculated ratio of filling to cookie, this book is more like a cheap store brand that is skimpy on the filling and all about the cookie. That's fine, but it's not really a good proportion.

Problem one. (Spoiler?) John Von Neumann dies. It's inevitable, we all die. Historically he's dead. As the writer though he didn't need to kill off the central narrative strand of the book about sixty pages before the end. Once Von Neumann died it was like the book came to a slow halt, everything else after it felt like filer, even if it wasn't, it just felt like an after-thought, or like something Minor Threat would condone filling your head with (sorry, had to go with the Minor Threat / Filer reference). What follows Von Neumann's death is some explanations of different games, and maybe some Cold War stuff, but I kind of lost interest at this point (although the games are fun to read about, lots of little tricks you can pull on greedy friends if one was so inclined.)

Problem two. I don't know much about math, and reading this book I don't know anything more about math. I kind of wanted to learn a little something about Game Theory here, but in a nice and easy to understand way that someone who got a D+ in his third quarter of high school algebra could understand. I got a tiny bit of math that someone who got A's in a couple of statistics classes in college could have easily figured out for himself, but nothing math-ish except for descriptions of the games in a narrative form. I don't know what I expected actually. I guess I was a little disheartened to find out I knew most of these games already, and more of the math behind them from watching a few seasons of Numb3rs, and could usually even remember which episode's Charlie would enlighten some member of the FBI about a particular game strategy and how it would help them capture a bad person.

Problem three. This is like problem one. Douglas Hofstader and Richard Powers are masters at running three parallel narratives at once and pulling them in and out of each other as their books progress. If you're going to do three narrative threads it should be as neat and tidy as they do it. This book doesn't, and once again I'm disappointed because the three narrative thread structure is one that I love. To be teased with this structure and then see it unravel until only one lone thread is left without a satisfying 'brining it all together' makes me sad.

Problems aside the book was a nice read, but not exactly what I wanted the book to be. I'll just have to go back to watching more Numb3rs to learn my higher math concepts for the mathematically retarded.

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William Poundstone is the author of more than ten non-fiction books, including '*Fortune's Formula*', which was the Amazon Editors' Pick for #1 non-fiction book of 2005. Poundstone has written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, Esquire, Harpers, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review. He has appeared on the Today Show, The David Letterman Show and hundreds of radio talk-shows throughout the world. Poundstone studied physics at MIT and many of his ideas concern the social and financial impact of scientific ideas. His books have sold over half a million copies worldwide.

### Reviews of the El dilema del prisionero: John Von Neumann, la Teoria de Juegos y la bomba

ALBERT

Why do I need to write a phone number?

MAISIE

A hard book, obviously not for everyone.

MICHAEL

Rarely do the books make me cry, but this one could.

DARCY

An enticing cover and a controversial story.

The beginning is exciting, but at the end of the book is just a very template.

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