Game Theory and the Three-Body Problem

Helena G. Su


Game theory is used to analyze a variety of social situations with competing players and interests, such as competition between businesses and elections. However, the concept of game theory is rarely employed to examine literature work. This paper applies game theory to analyze decisions made in a renowned science fiction series, the Three-Body Problem. How is deterrence established between two entities that want to conquer each other? What about changing the context to many entities? In the context of a science fiction, this paper offers a new perspective that allows readers to understand the rationale behind decisions and consequent outcomes in international relations and deterrence. Additionally, this research employs a simple computer program to help test equilibria in various conditions.

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