Lessons in Play: An Introduction to Combinatorial Game Theory (2nd Edition)- eBook

eBook details

  • Authors: Richard J. Nowakowski, Michael H. Albert, David Wolfe
  • File Size: 8 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 344 Pages
  • Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press; 2nd edition
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482243032, 0429524099, 0429537565
  • ISBN-13: 9781482243031, 9780429524097, 9780429537561


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David A. Wolfe

David A. Wolfe

Dr. David Allen Wolfe is a psychologist, academic and an author specializing in issues of domestic violence, child abuse, children and youth. His work includes the promotion of healthy relationships via school programs, with a major focus on the prevention of child neglect and abuse, dating violence, bullying, substance abuse, unsafe sex and other consequences of unhealthy relationships.

Winner of many awards, David earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York in 1973, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida in 1980. After his residency in Clinical psychology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Wolfe moved to Canada to pursue his career focus on domestic violence and child abuse with an emphasis on prevention. He joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) in 1981 where he conducted extensive research in the field of child abuse.

Michael H. Albert

Richard J. Nowakowski

Lessons in Play, 2nd Edition, (PDF) reorganizes the presentation of the popular original textbook in combinatorial game theory to make it even more easily accessible. Starting with an emphasis on the essential concepts and applications, it then transitions to more technical material. Still written in a textbook style with supporting proofs and evidence, the authors add many more exercises and examples and apply a two-step approach for some aspects of the material involving an initial introduction, examples, and fundamental results to be followed later by more detail and abstract results.


    • Includes multiple case studies
    • Features a complete rewrite of CGSuite material
    • Expands further directions and applications of the field
    • Implements a widely accessible style to the explanation of the combinatorial game theory


In Lessons in Play, 2nd Edition the authors have corrected errors, updated the bibliography, and included a new chapter on trimming game trees. Similar to the first edition, this new edition is beautifully typeset and illustrated.” ― Brian Borchers, Editor, MAA Reviews

In this 2nd edition of Lessons in Play: An Introduction to Combinatorial Game Theory, authors Albert, Nowakowski, and White present a reorganized textbook presenting a variety of two-player finite games, discussed in theory as well as application. The theoretical material is provided in a clear and concise theorem/proof format and includes problems and exercises to help readers’ understanding. Solutions are given at the end of the ebook. Several examples from actual games are provided throughout, including Boxcars, Cutthroat, Dots, and Boxes, Clobber, Hackenbush, and Toppling Dominoes. Throughout the ebook, the authors also provide in-depth case studies on particular games. A unique feature of this ebook is that every chapter starts by presenting a series of “prep problems” with notes to the instructor so students can preview the material before reading the chapter. Overall, this ebook is an excellent beginning read for someone interested in learning about combinatorial games, assuming at least some education in abstract algebra.” ― S. L. Sullivan, Catawba College

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