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The 44th Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences was awarded to Yuichiro Kamata’s Raijin and a strange seed that can read minds!
An Introduction to Game Theory for Children by Yuichiro Kamata, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, and Global Fellow, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo
Sponsored by the Suntory Foundation, the 44th “Suntory Arts and Sciences Award” was announced on November 15th. (published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha) won the award.
Mr. Takero Doi (Professor, Keio University), a member of the selection committee, commented,
“The “science” of game theory, which has a mathematical foundation as one of the central theories in economics, and the “art” of depicting it in fiction are wonderfully fused, and were awarded the Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences. worthy of (Omitted) Mr. Kamata’s ability as both a theorist and a storyteller has been greatly proven, and he has established a solid position.”
This book was highly praised for its attempt to make game theory more accessible through the perspective of elementary school students. The presentation ceremony will be held in Tokyo on Monday, December 12th.
About the Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences
Individuals who have conducted unique and excellent research and criticism activities that consider society and culture broadly through their writings will be awarded in the four categories of
“Politics/Economics,” “Arts/Literature,” “Society/Customs,” and “Thoughts/History.” Awards presented annually.
In the selection process, the focus is on being an up-and-coming critic or researcher who is full of individuality and who is expected to grow in the future, and on works that clearly express the artist’s ideas and assertions. Subject to selection.
Since its establishment in 1979, there have been 371 winners up to the 44th time (2022).
Suntory Foundation Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences website https://www.suntory.co.jp/sfnd/prize_ssah/
Introduction of Mr. Yuichiro Kamata
Associate Professor, Haas School of Management, University of California, Berkeley. NTT Research Scientist and Global Fellow at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Economics. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, completed a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in 2012. His specialty is game theory. His publications include “Introduction to Game Theory” (Iwanami Shinsho) and “First Game Theory from 16” (Diamond Publishing).
While pursuing specialized research, he is also energetically engaged in writing that explains game theory for the general public, including the award-winning work “Thunder God and the Strange Seed That Can Read Your Heart.”
What if I could get a seed that can read minds…? The main character, Keiichi, a 6th grade elementary school student, uses the seed that allows him to read minds, given by the mysterious Raijin, to solve problems he encounters at school and in the park. How will Keiichi think and come up with an answer? A story that allows you to master a game-theoretic perspective as you read through while worrying together.
Game theory is one of the important theories in economics, and in a nutshell, it is a study that analyzes what happens when there are multiple decision makers. The subjects that can be applied are not limited to economics and business, but extend to a wide range of social issues and politics, such as redesigning the nursery school, residency system, and public high school entrance examination system. It can also be used to capture everyday human relationships, such as elementary school class meetings.
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Book title: Raijin and a strange seed that can read minds Game theory for children
Author name: Yuichiro Kamada
Tax-included list price: 1,793 yen (body 1,630 yen)
Release date: June 28, 2022 (Tue)
Specifications: 46 size / 226 pages
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