Lessons in Play: An Introduction to Combinatorial Game Theory, Second Edition, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Lessons in Play

An Introduction to Combinatorial Game Theory, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Michael H. Albert, Richard J. Nowakowski, David Wolfe

A K Peters/CRC Press

328 pages | 148 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781482243031
pub: 2019-04-09
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This second edition of Lessons in Play reorganizes the presentation of the popular original text in combinatorial game theory to make it even more widely accessible. Starting with a focus on the essential concepts and applications, it then moves on to more technical material. Still written in a textbook style with supporting evidence and proofs, the authors add many more exercises and examples and implement a two-step approach for some aspects of the material involving an initial introduction, examples, and basic results to be followed later by more detail and abstract results.


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

Table of Contents

Preface. Main Body. Combinatorial Games. Basic Techniques. Outcome Classes. Case Studies I. Sums of Games. Canonical Form. Values of Games. Case Studies II. Impartial Games. Hot Games. All Small Games. Case Studies III. Structure and Algebra. Appendices. Bibliography. Index

About the Authors

Michael Albert - University of Otago

Richard Nowakowski - Dalhousie University

David Wolfe - Dalhousie University

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Operating Systems / General
MATHEMATICS / Combinatorics