Fight to Be First (01:49)
Mathematician Hannah Fry introduces the topic of the documentary- the science of winning and success.
Ordering Dinner (03:24)
Expected utility weighs personal preferences against possible outcomes to determine the best course of action when selecting between multiple options.
Getting What You Want (03:47)
Game Theory is concerned with the mathematics of cooperation and conflict—how to avoid losing and how to win. The min-max theory can be applied to daily choices and aid in success and winning.
Liv Boeree explains the theory behind poker and how to apply to improving success in daily life. Game theory optimal makes poker players and individuals unexploitable.
The Cold War (04:10)
Preventive War is a strategy of war initiated to prevent further war; however, this strategy did not work during the cold war and mutually assured destruction strategy emerged.
Prisoner's Dilemma (04:23)
The prisoner's dilemma showcases the lose-lose outcome when people act out of self-interest known as the Nash Equilibrium. In situations with multiple outcomes, there is always a strategy that is best for everyone involved.
Professional Cycling (06:05)
Explore Nash equilibrium in action in the world of professional cycling and performance-enhancing drugs.
Tragedy of the Commoner (02:20)
Dr. Haim Shapira demonstrates the theory of pre-commitment with a simple social experiment.
Credibility and Commitment (02:52)
In order to get what you want, credibility and commitment are critical.
Playing Fair (04:42)
Explore how what we think is fair impacts social interactions in win-lose situations. The social experiment uses the proposer and the responder.
Animal Kingdom (05:49)
Cooperative, altruistic behavior in the wild lends itself to collective success. Professor Karl Sigmund explores evolution and animal behavior as it relates to survival and collective success.
Virtual Behavior (06:15)
Robert Axelrod facilitated a video game experiment to demonstrate the importance of collaboration in individual and mutual success. Tit for tat is successful in computer games, but not in real life.
Over generations cooperation emerges with evolution and mathematics to support it. Strategies for a happier life can be found by applying mathematics.
Credits: The Joy of Winning (00:43)
Credits: The Joy of Winning
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