Games and Strategy in Paris in honor of Sylvain Sorin June 11-13, 2012



Special issue in honor of the 60th birthday of Sylvain Sorin
Journal of Dynamics & Games
2014 , Volume 1 , Issue 3


Von Neumann Lecture: Sylvain Sorin, 2016 World Congress of the Game Theory Society
Sylvain Sorin, Professor at the University of Paris VI (Pierre and Marie Curie), has been selected to present the von Neumann Lecture at the 2016 World Congress of the Game Theory Society.
Sylvain Sorin graduated in 1976 from the Ecole Normale Superieure de Saint Cloud and received his Doctorat d’Etat in 1981 from Paris VI. Since then he has made fundamental contributions to a variety of areas in the Theory of Games: repeated games, stochastic games, merging and reputation, and approachability. Beyond the force of his ideas, he has played a significant role in the cultivation and subsequent flourishing of what might arguably be called a « French School » of Game Theory.

Repeated Games
Jean-François Mertens, Sylvain Sorin, Shmuel Zamir

Cambridge University Press

Three leading experts have produced a landmark work based on a set of working papers published by the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) at the Université Catholique de Louvain in 1994 under the title ‘Repeated Games’, which holds almost mythic status among game theorists. Jean-François Mertens, Sylvain Sorin and Shmuel Zamir have significantly elevated the clarity and depth of presentation with many results presented at a level of generality that goes far beyond the original papers – many written by the authors themselves. Numerous results are new, and many classic results and examples are not to be found elsewhere. Most remain state of the art in the literature. This book is full of challenging and important problems that are set up as exercises, with detailed hints provided for their solutions. A new bibliography traces the development of the core concepts up to the present day.
Reviews & endorsements
‘In the early 1990s, Jean-François Mertens, Sylvain Sorin, and Shmuel Zamir collaborated on a series of deep papers on repeated games, which, unfortunately, they never published. Happily, this book at long last makes their important and still highly pertinent work widely accessible.’ Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Harvard University
‘This work is a landmark in the scholarship of game theory. The results and proofs in this text are the foundations on which modern repeated-game theory is built. It is not only the outstanding coverage of foundational material that makes this text one of a kind; it is the generality and the breadth of vision that are its most special features. The series of working papers on which this text is based already has the status of folklore among game theorists. Many of us have known and used the working-paper version of this volume for our entire research careers. This work is unique and remarkable and will continue to be thought so fifty years from today.’ Martin Cripps, University College London
‘This book, by three of the foremost experts in the field, presents a comprehensive account of the theory of repeated games – one of the most important branches of game theory. The book is remarkable on many counts. It provides a unified point of view for a host of results, some seemingly disparate. The theorems are given in their most general form, and the proofs are sharp and concise. The discussions, while brief, are sophisticated and illuminating. This is not an easy book. But the reader who puts in the work to master it will be handsomely rewarded by a deep understanding not only of repeated games, but of all of game theory.’ Elon Kohlberg, Royal Little Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
‘This wonderful book is essential reading for graduate students and researchers in game theory, both as a textbook and as a reference. It contains a wealth of results that cannot be found elsewhere. An instant classic.’ Johannes Hörner, Yale University
‘The study of long-term interactions – ‘repeated games’ – is one of the most fascinating, and fruitful, areas of research in game theory. The content of this volume – with its outstanding coverage, both broad and deep, and written by the leading experts – has long been regarded as the ‘bible’ of this area. It is high time that it be made widely available in book form.’ Sergiu Hart, Alice Kusiel and Kurt Vorreuter University Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Repeated Games, by Jean-Francois Mertens, Sylvain Sorin, and Shmuel Zamir

  Repeated games can last a long time, and it turns out they also take a long time to write about.  But the wait is over for the definitive book that Bob Aumann, in his foreword, notes was fifty years in the making.



Charter member and member of the Council of the «Game Theory Society» (2000-2003)

Fellow of the «Game Theory Society»

Fellow of the « Econometric Society ».