SC 205 – GAME THEORY: The Human Side of Science. Class presentation available.

Game Theory, a branch of applied mathematics, has applications not only to gambling, but also to economics, sociology, philosophy, military strategy, political science and biology. The brilliant Princeton mathematician John Nas was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his contribution to this field of mathematics. In this course, we will explore how the concepts of Game Theory have been used in diverse fields. This presentation is an updated version of the 2009 class by the same name. It is part of a repeating series of seven courses by Howard Mirowitz, one of OLLI’s most followed lecturers.

Wednesday, October 7: The 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind – a memorably moving portrayal of the genius and madness of John Nash.

Wednesday, October 14: Introduction to Game Theory: The Prisoner’s Dilemma.

Class Presentation: Lecture 1 – Introduction to Game Theory

Wednesday, October 21: More complex games – Nash Equilibria and the emergence of cooperation.

Class Presentation: Lecture 2A – Nash Equilibria and the Emergence of Cooperation

Wednesday, October 28: Evolutionarily stable strategies – implications for biology and ecology.

Presenter: Howard Mirowitz, MBA,

Class Presentation: Lecture 3A – Evolutionarily Stable Strategies

is retired from the world of high tech business development and venture capital, and is now a full time amateur mathematician and musician, and a dedicated student of ancient texts. Last semester, he lectured to OLLI members on Added Dimensions.

Developer: Larry Wayne


Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28

2:00 – 4:00 PM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

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