# Is game theory a part of math? [closed]

I'm going to write project paper for my course, "The History of Math". My field is 'game theory'.

However, I'm in doubt that game theory is really part of math, since it comes from economics (for me).

My questions are:

1. Is game theory a part of math?

2. What are some papers that heavily use game theory and involve some real math calculations?

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## closed as not a real question by Austin Mohr, Raskolnikov, Amzoti, Qiaochu Yuan, Bruno JoyalMay 23 '13 at 4:44

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What does it mean to you for a field to be "part of math"? Look up Nash's "Non-cooperative Games" -- looks pretty mathy. – Adam Saltz May 23 '13 at 2:48
Useful mathematics is still mathematics. – André Nicolas May 23 '13 at 2:51
What do you mean by "real math calculations?" The heart of mathematics is not calculations, but rigorous proof. – Thomas Andrews May 23 '13 at 2:55
@LeeSleek In my opinion real life is an interesting field, but not very applicable to math. – Gyu Eun Lee May 23 '13 at 3:28
Are there any papers that involve some fake math calculations? – Joel Reyes Noche May 23 '13 at 6:17

## 1 Answer

Question #1: Well, I expect some people would say that math is a part of game theory :-). But certainly some areas of game theory are highly mathematical.

The math subject classification system of the American Mathematical Society lists Game Theory as one of their categories: link here

Question #2: Try this book . There are many other similar ones.

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And, doesn't the fact that I answered the question disprove the vote-to-close assertion that is "cannot reasonably be answered"?? I guess you could argue that my answer is not "reasonable". I would disagree, of course. – bubba May 25 '13 at 11:28