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Game Theory, Symmetry, and Scientific Discovery

  • Horace W. Brock
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Abstract

Formal theories in the natural and social sciences usually take the form of mathematical relationships specifying how one subset of variables depends upon another. Given this truism, it is not a little ironic that many of the most innovative and successful theories of twentieth century science have resulted from an a priori specification of how given subsets of variables (or relationships) do not depend upon other subsets. Indeed, a hallmark of successful theory construction has been an identification of apposite invariances, independence assumptions, and other essentially algebraic conditions prior to constructing a theory.

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Game Theory Symmetry Group Symmetry Transformation Inductive Logic Bargaining Solution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Horace W. Brock
    • 1
  1. 1.Strategic Economic Decisions, Inc.Menlo ParkUSA

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