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The Resource War games : a history of war on paper, Philipp von Hilgers ; translated by Ross Benjamin

War games : a history of war on paper, Philipp von Hilgers ; translated by Ross Benjamin

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War games : a history of war on paper
Title
War games
Title remainder
a history of war on paper
Statement of responsibility
Philipp von Hilgers ; translated by Ross Benjamin
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Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
The convergence of military strategy and mathematics in war games, from medieval to modern times.For centuries, both mathematical and military thinkers have used game-like scenarios to test their visions of mastering a complex world through symbolic operations. By the end of World War I, mathematical and military discourse in Germany simultaneously discovered the game as a productive concept. Mathematics and military strategy converged in World War II when mathematicians designed fields of operation. In this book, Philipp von Hilgers examines the theory and practice of war games through history, from the medieval game boards, captured on parchment, to the paper map exercises of the Third Reich. Von Hilgers considers how and why war games came to exist: why mathematical and military thinkers created simulations of one of the most unpredictable human activities on earth.Von Hilgers begins with the medieval rythmomachia, or Battle of Numbers, then reconstructs the ideas about war and games in the baroque period. He investigates the role of George Leopold von Reiswitz's tactical war game in nineteenth-century Prussia and describes the artifact itself: a game board-topped table with drawers for game implements. He explains Clausewitz's emphasis on the "fog of war" and the accompanying element of incalculability, examines the contributions of such thinkers as Clausewitz, Leibniz, Wittgenstein, and von Neumann, and investigates the war games of the German military between the two World Wars. Baudrillard declared this to be the age of simulacra; war games stand contrariwise as simulations that have not been subsumed in absolute virtuality
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Hilgers, Philipp von
Dewey number
355.4/809
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
U310
LC item number
.H53 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Benjamin, Ross
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  • War games
  • Games of strategy (Mathematics)
  • HISTORY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Games of strategy (Mathematics)
  • War games
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War games : a history of war on paper, Philipp von Hilgers ; translated by Ross Benjamin
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The battle of numbers in the middle ages -- Power games in the Baroque period -- The state of the war game -- Historiography in real time -- Higher mathematics and Nomos of the Earth -- From formula games to the universal machine
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780445001
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1 online resource (xii, 220 pages
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online
Isbn
9780262300377
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)780445001
Label
War games : a history of war on paper, Philipp von Hilgers ; translated by Ross Benjamin
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The battle of numbers in the middle ages -- Power games in the Baroque period -- The state of the war game -- Historiography in real time -- Higher mathematics and Nomos of the Earth -- From formula games to the universal machine
Control code
780445001
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 220 pages
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262300377
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt5mz4bp
  • d0d3960c-1c2e-494a-92eb-8cc8d759a0d9
  • 7995
  • 9780262301169
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)780445001

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