Interview with Robert J. Aumann, recipient of the 2005 The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, at the 58th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, 20 August 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org. Robert Aumann discusses his scientific beginnings and the creative appeal of geometry, his interest in number theory at City College (3:38), knot theory at MIT (7:59), and his stumble into Game Theory thereafter (15:27). He also explains his move to Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the theory in decision-making it demonstrates (17:41), gives an example of applied game theory (25:23), reviews the necessity for mathematical rigueur in economics (32:19), and describes the Center for Rationality he set up to explore various disciplines' interaction with game theory (41:20). He closes by remembering his past collaborators and reflecting on the ways in which the Economics Prize has changed his life (51:37).
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