This volume has been created to honor Professor David Blackwell of the University of California at Berkeley by his students, colleagues, friends and admirers. Most of the papers of this volume are on topics connected with areas in which Blackwell has played a major role. There are review articles on Comparison of Experiments, on Games of Timing, on Merging of Opinions, on Associate Memory Models, and SPLIFs etc. There are historical views of Carnap, of von Mises, and of the Berkeley Statistics Department. But the bulk of the articles are research articles in Probability, Statistics, Gambling, Game Theory, Markov Decision Processes, Set Theory and Logic. Special care has been taken to achieve a wide variety of readable and interesting papers from outstanding scholars.
We present a brief biography of Blackwell, followed by a short review of his research accomplishments. We also include a bibliography of his publications, which, as may be seen from the first article of this volume, becomes out of date with the publication of this volume