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Banquet Speech

Robert J. Aumann Ph.D.

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2005
Nobel co-recipient Thomas C. Schelling

Mathematician. Game Theory. Interest: Talmud.

"Science is exploration for the sake of exploration."

Banquet Speech

Aumann Banquet Speech

Photo: Hans Mehlin

Blessed are you, God, our Lord, Monarch of the Universe, who is good and does good.

After partaking of a meal with fine wines, we recite this benediction when we are served with a superb wine.

Your Royal Highnesses, we have, over the years, partaken of many fine wines. We have participated in the scientific enterprise: studied and taught, preserved, and pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge.

We have participated in the human enterprise - raised beautiful families. And I have participated in the realization of a 2000-year-old dream - the return of my people to Jerusalem, to its homeland.

And tonight, we have been served with a superb wine, in the recognition of the worth of our scientific enterprise.

I feel very strongly that this recognition is not only for us, but for all of game theory, in Israel and in the whole world - teachers, students, colleagues, and co-workers. And especially for one individual, who is no longer with us - the mother of game theory, Oskar Morgenstern.

So, I offer my thanks to these, to the Nobel Foundation and the Nobel Committee, to our magnificent hosts, the country of Sweden, and to the Lord, who is good and does good.

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Name: Robert J. Aumann
Birth: 8 June 1930, Frankfurt-on-the-Main, Germany
Institution: University of Jerusalem, Center for RationalityHebrew, Jerusalem, Israel
Award: Enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis
Subject: game theory
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