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Science, Beliefs and Knowledge: A Personal Reflection on Robert J. Aumann’s Approach


  • Gil Kalai


On the occasion of Robert J. Aumann's being awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics, this paper gives a personal view on some of Aumann's contributions, and primarily on his approach to foundational issues in game theory, economics, and science as a whole. It is based on numerous discussions and e-mail exchanges we had in the 1990's, dealing with various scientific and political matters, including our long debate on the ``Bible Code'' controversy.

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  • Gil Kalai, 2006. "Science, Beliefs and Knowledge: A Personal Reflection on Robert J. Aumann’s Approach," Discussion Paper Series dp418, The Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  • Handle: RePEc:huj:dispap:dp418

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