# Elwyn Berlekamp

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**Elwyn Ralph Berlekamp**, (born September 6, 1940)

an American electrical engineer, computer scientist and professor emeritus of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. He finished his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at MIT in 1964, where his thesis advisors were Robert G. Gallager, Peter Elias, Claude Shannon and John Wozencraft ^{[2]}. While undergraduate at MIT, Berlekamp was member of the chess group and worked on Chess Playing routines for the IBM 704 Computer, also joined by Alan Kotok and others to build the Kotok-McCarthy-Program for the IBM 7090. Berlekamp dropped out of this project in 1960 and focused on Bridge, Go and combinatorial game theory ^{[3]}.

## Contents

# Winning Ways

Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays by Elwyn Berlekamp, John H. Conway, and Richard K. Guy is a compendium of information on mathematical games, first published 1982 in two volumes, second edition published in four volumes from 2001 until 2004.

# Quotes

from Alan Kotok's Oral History ^{[4]}:

So there were a total of five people. There was the initial four were, besides me, Charles Niessen, Chuck Niessen, whose these days is some sort of director over at Lincoln Lab. And Mike Lieberman, who is on the faculty at Berkeley. And Elwyn Berlekamp, who is also Berkeley faculty, and fairly famous computer game theory person. Elwyn dropped out of this project at some point, and Bob Wagner, another so these were all sort of East Campus Model Railroad Club friends - and Bob Wagner is at, I think, University of North Carolina - what’s in Raleigh-Durham?

# Selected Publications

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## 1960 ...

- Elwyn Berlekamp (
**1968**).*Algebraic Coding Theory*, New York: McGraw-Hill. Revised ed., Aegean Park Press, (**1984**), ISBN 0894120638. amazon - Elwyn Berlekamp, John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy (
**1982**).*Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays*. Vol. 1, 1st edition, Academic Press, - Elwyn Berlekamp, John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy (
**1982**).*Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays*. Vol. 2, 1st edition, Academic Press

## 1990 ...

- Richard K. Guy, John H. Conway, Elwyn Berlekamp, Vera Pless, Aviezri Fraenkel, Richard J. Nowakowski (
**1991**).*Combinatorial Games*. Proceedings of Symposia in Applied Mathematics, No. 43 - Elwyn Berlekamp, David Wolfe (
**1994**).*Mathematical Go - Chilling Gets the Last Point*. A K Peters Ltd., also in paperback as*Mathematical Go Endgames: Nightmares For the Professional Go Player*. Ishi Press^{[6]} - Martin Müller, Elwyn Berlekamp, Bill Spight (
**1996**).*Generalized thermography: Algorithms, implementation, and application to Go endgames*. Technical Report 96-030, ICSI Berkeley, 1996. postscript^{[7]}

## 2000 ...

- Elwyn Berlekamp (
**2000**).*Sums of 2 X N Amazons*. in F. Thomas Bruss and Lucien le Cam, eds.*GameTheory, Optimal Stopping, Probability and Statistics: Papers in honor of Thomas S. Ferguson*. Institute of Mathematical Statistics Lecture Notes - Monograph Series, Vol. 35 - Elwyn Berlekamp, John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy (
**2001**).*Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays*. Vol. 1, 2nd edition, A K Peters Ltd. - Teigo Nakamura, Elwyn Berlekamp (
**2002**).*Analysis of Composite Corridors*. CG 2002 - Elwyn Berlekamp, John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy (
**2003**).*Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays*. Vol. 2, 2nd edition, A K Peters Ltd. - Elwyn Berlekamp, John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy (
**2003**).*Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays*. Vol. 3, A K Peters Ltd. - Elwyn Berlekamp, John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy (
**2004**).*Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays*. Vol. 4, A K Peters Ltd.

# External Links

- Elwyn Berlekamp's Home Page
- Elwyn R. Berlekamp | EECS at UC Berkeley
- Elwyn Berlekamp from Wikipedia
- The Mathematics Genealogy Project - Elwyn Berlekamp
- Details for Elwyn R. Berlekamp - Oberwolfach Photo Collection
- Biographies Elwyn R Berlekamp
- Elwyn Berlekamp | Facebook
- Berlekamp's algorithm from Wikipedia
- Berlekamp–Massey algorithm from Wikipedia
- Quatitative Go, and some other Combinatorilal Games a Lecture by Elwyn Berlekamp
- Mathematics and Go by Elwyn Berlekamp, February 06, 2006, YouTube Videos

# References

- ↑ Elwyn Berlekamp at Conference on Combinatorial Game Theory at Banff International Research Station, June 19, 2005, Elwyn Berlekamp from Wikipedia
- ↑ Elwyn Berlekamp from Wikipedia
- ↑ Games: Conference Proceedings and Technical Reports
- ↑ Alan Kotok from The Computer History Museum, see Oral History
- ↑ DBLP: Elwyn R. Berlekamp
- ↑ Mathematical Go from Sensei's Library
- ↑ Publications of Martin Müller's Research Group