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.
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