February 25th 2013
Grand Pursuit. The story of economic genius. Sylvia Nasar. (A Beautiful Mind) 2011. ISBN 9780684872988. A book on a large scale it takes us from the time of Dickens through to present day. I am fearfully ignorant of economics having found it hard to find a logical thread in which books to read and which theories to follow. Nasar builds the story being true to context and the lives that shaped these brilliant men and women, while maintaining a middle ground of opinion. ( I am sure radical liberals and socialists alike will disagree with me) She is able to clearly position the growth of modern economics as these scholars built upon each others work (sometimes) while dealing with vast changes and upsets. I was most intrigued with how the Soviets were able to seduce many of these academics during and after WW II. Worth anyone’s time to read this well written and clear book.
- Sylvia Nasar at GMU Discussing Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius (coordinationproblem.org)
- 2nd Quotation of the Day… (cafehayek.com)
- ‘Beautiful Mind’ Author Suing Columbia University For How Much? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Paul Krugman on Irving Fisher (delong.typepad.com)
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- The Next Convergence. The future of economic growth in a multispeed world. Michael Spence.
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