Here is a list of top game theory books and resources to learn more about game theory. Everything from introductions through to advanced, graduate level books.
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Free Game Theory lectures from Yale University on iTunesU. These are a brilliant introduction for anyone looking for a place to start. It does include some maths but nothing too difficult!
Introductory game theory books
These books are a general introduction to game theory topics with very little or no mathematics.
This book gives a good general overview of game theory and real life applications.
This book focuses on applications of game theory to business. It is a great read if you want some fresh ideas for options in business that you may never have thought of before.
Fascinating book on how Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses game theory to accurately predict political and economic events.
I think that Co-opetition is still the best book about applying game theory in business. Click here for a full list of business game theory books.
Basic techincal game theory books
These books include the mathematics behind game theory but still at a relatively straightforward level. You might need a little bit of calculus and probability but nothing too difficult.
A good all round introduction to Game Theory. This is the text recommended by Ben Polak in the Yale lectures mentioned at the top of this page.
Ken Binmore’s book introduces all the main concepts and also delves into the underlying issues that underpin game theory. A great book and strongly recommended by Herbert Gintis, who certainly knows what he is talking about!
Advanced technical game theory books
If you want to take things to a higher level then check out some of these:
Fundenberg and Tirole’s book is the definitive graduate level book on game theory
A book looking at whether game theory can be the basis for unifying biology, economics, anthropology, political science and other behavioural sciences. Full of fascinating ideas.
The classic text from John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern. Buy this to see where it all began!
Advanced book on algorithmic game theory that brings together essays from many of the top researchers in the field. Interesting and challenging.
Want to know more about the genius behind the Nash Equilibrium. Here is Sylvia Nasar’s excellent biography of John Nash.
And here is the film…