Examining the early history of game theory has been an extremely enjoyable project—one which has led to fascinating byways and to many interesting speculations. Among the elements of the work which we have enjoyed are our contacts with game theorists and historians of thought.
Many of the sources mentioned in this volume will appear in a collection, The Foundations of Game Theory, edited by M.A. Dimand and R.W. Dimand (forthcoming from Edward Elgar Publishing), making them much more easily accessible to readers of this work.
We would like to thank Roy Weintraub, Duke University, and History of Political Economy for including us in an engrossing conference on the development of game theory, and all participants there for the enormous amount we learned from them.
We would also like to thank Rob Leonard not only for conversation with him at that conference, but later and sequentially as he worked and works also on the history of game theory. Similar thanks to Christian Schmidt, whose work on the history of game theory is invariably inspiring. We thank Christian and l’Association Charles Gide pour l’Etude de la Pensée Economique as well for inviting Bob to present the material which has become Chapter 8 of this book at a conference in Paris, and for supporting his travel.
We are grateful to the Dean of Social Sciences at Brock University for financial support of this project on a number of occasions.
We would like to thank all of our game theorist friends for interesting conversations, but especially John P. Mayberry, Martin Shubik, Monique Florenzano and David Pearce.
Special thanks to Judy Klein for her helpful remarks on material, much of which has become Chapter 4. That there are reproduced diagrams in this volume is due to Judy. We also thank Martin Osborne and Paul Walker for correcting an error in our remarks on Todhunter, and Nicolas Chaigneau and Philippe LeGall for correcting a minor error in our discussion of Edgeworth and for introducing us to Marcel LeNoir’s work.
We are indebted to the Economia delle Scelte Pubbliche (Journal of Public Finance