The title of this book, Nonzero, refers to the concept of the "non-zero-sum," which comes from game theory.  Looking at human history--and for that matter the whole history of life on earth--through the lenses of game theory can change your view of life. At least, that is a premise of this book.  What exactly is meant by "change your view of life"? That is a question with a book-length answer.  But there is enough material on this website  to give you the general idea.

Meanwhile, some examples of non-zero-sum things: arms control negotiations, trading gossip, the relationship among genes on a genome, and such transactions as buying a car, buying a book, buying a book or, finally,  buying a book.    

Other Stuff:

Essays by Robert Wright

Books by Robert Wright

Web-site acknowledgments 



And BTW: What exactly does the word "destiny" in the subtitle mean?


Bill Clinton praises Nonzero (video)

An American Foreign Policy That Both Realists and Idealists Should Fall in Love With

Fortune magazine names Nonzero one of the best books in the history of the universe (or something like that)

Bill Clinton's views
on Nonzero

Bush and God

Terrorism and History launched

The problem with Bush's foreign-policy master plan

Robert Wright's
 war-on-terrorism strategy

Nonzero's relevance to 9/11

 New Yorker magazine excerpt from Nonzero 
critiquing Stephen Jay Gould

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