Robert J. Aumann


Interview, August 2008

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

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).

Interview, December 2005

Interview with the 2005 Laureates in Economics, Robert J. Aumann and Thomas C. Schelling, December 6, 2005. Interviewer is Rupini Bergström, journalist.

The Laureates talk about their experiences of Stockholm in wintertime, that they had met during the years but never collaborated (2:38), how the Prize has changed their lives (5:04), give advice to young students interested in economic sciences (13:50), and talk about practical applications of their theories (18:58).

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Nobel Minds 2005

The Nobel Laureates of 2005 met at the Bernadotte Library in Stockholm in December 2005 for the traditional round-table discussion and TV show ‘Nobel Minds’. The programme presenter is Nik Gowing, principal programme anchor for the BBC’s international television news channel BBC World. Among other things the Laureates talk about competition versus co-operation and the need of mentoring in scientific research.

Interview, October 2005

Telephone interview with Professor Robert J. Aumann following the announcement of the 2005 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, 10 October 2005. The interviewer is Maria Ullsten, freelance journalist. (The interview is constantly interrupted by numerous cell phone calls.)

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