Oliver Roeder has been a senior writer at FiveThirtyEight and editor of The Riddler, a collection of the site's math puzzles. He studied artificial intelligence as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and holds a PhD in economics focused on game theory. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
An eclectic cast of brilliant, and obsessive, characters makes Seven Games an absolute page-turner. Through their stories, Oliver Roeder shows that games are incomparable canvases for human creativity and agency. -- David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene and Range A beautifully written exploration of what games can tell us about philosophy, art, and human nature. Oliver Roeder is a commanding thinker and storyteller. His enthralling narrative delves into subjects ranging from art appreciation to artificial intelligence, cognitive science, world history, archeology, and, of course, game theory. Everyone should read this fabulous book! -- Christie Aschwanden, author of Good to Go A beguiling, mesmerizing, and utterly charming history of the world's most beloved games and the centuries-long quest to 'solve' them. In prose as elegant as the classics he profiles, Oliver Roeder shows that, contrary to what you might have heard, the battle between human and machine was a battle between human and human after all. -- Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak The games that have preoccupied and fascinated us over millennia tell a story not just about human history but, crucially, about the nature of the human mind. Oliver Roeder's Seven Games offers a sweeping and provocative tour of the labyrinths into which we so eagerly lose-and so revealingly find-ourselves. -- Brian Christian, author of Most Human Human and The Alignment Problem Oliver Roeder masterfully reveals the way games teach us about play, risk, intelligence, technology and our inner selves-and introduces us to some unforgettable characters along the way. Like the very best games, this book is deep, enthralling, and tremendous fun. -- Tim Harford, author of The Data Detective In Roeder's hands, games have real consequence-not only as art but as tools for technological advancement-yet the story remains fun, even amid deceit, heartbreak, tragedy, and mystery. Seven Games is an adventure, adeptly written, thoroughly original and profound-a literary example of what in chess we call a brilliancy. -- David Hill, author of The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice