Now it's time to go back to my work! Many thanks to everyone I met there. Hope all of you would have a productive academic year starting from September :)
The short article below is what I had prepared before I left Japan:
A new book on the early history of game theory came out recently. It focuses on the two founding fathers, Von Neumann and Morgenstern.
"Von Neumann, Morgenstern, and the Creation of Game Theory: From Chess to Social Science, 1900–1960" by Robert Leonard, Cambridge University Press (link)
As a reviewer's comment, Harold W. Kuhn, a professor emeritus of mathematics at Princeton university describes the book as follows:
The publication of The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern in 1944 was hailed by one reviewer as 'one of the major scientific achievements of the first half of the twentieth century.' Another reviewer signaled that 'the techniques applied by the authors in tackling economic problems are of sufficient generality to be valid in political science, sociology, or even military strategy.' In this exemplary study in the history of economics, Robert Leonard has given us a masterful account of the gestation of this work, starting with the importance of chess in European intellectual life at the beginning of the twentieth century and ending with the military applications of game theory at the RAND Corporation during the middle of the century.The predecessor of the work is the author's 1995 article in the Journal of Economic Literature, which won the Best Article Award of the History of Economics Society.
Robert Leonard (1995) "Von Neumann, Morgenstern, and the Creation of Game Theory From Chess to Social Science, 1900–1960" (link)