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Topic: A new, physics-based approach to analyzing simple games
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Ben Rudiak-Gould

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Re: A new, physics-based approach to analyzing simple games
Posted: Jul 25, 2006 9:16 PM
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Proginoskes wrote:
> Nim was solved a long time ago, maybe by John Horton Conway.

Far earlier than that. Charles Bouton published the solution to the normal
and misere versions in 1902, under the title "Nim, a game with a complete
mathematical theory". The paper creates the impression that he didn't
discover the solution himself, but I suppose that could just be modesty.
Sprague-Grundy theory dates back to the 1930s. I think that the surreals
predate Conway too, though he found a particularly nice way of constructing
them.

-- Ben



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