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The Birth of the Institute for Advanced Study (1930)
"A first-rate research institution with no teachers, no students, no classes, only researchers protected from the vicissitudes and pressures of the…
Jørgen Veisdal
Aug 26
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The Beautiful Life of John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr (1928-2015). was born in Bluefield, West Virginia in 1928. He died in a car crash in New Jersey on the 23rd of May…
Jørgen Veisdal
Mar 23
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Paul Samuelson's Flavors of Randomness (2004)
“The baseball announcer has it, of course, conveniently all wrong. Ted Williams is due to hit because he hasn’t hit for seven days. That’s red noise…
Jørgen Veisdal
Feb 27
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The Legend of Abraham Wald
Historians of science sometimes lament the fact certain historical figures are famous for the wrong reasons. Alan Turing (1912-54) is perhaps the best…
Jørgen Veisdal
Feb 12
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Cantor's Diagonal Argument (1891)
“Diagonalization seems to show that there is an inexhaustibility phenomenon for definability similar to that for provability” — Franzén (2004) Georg…
Jørgen Veisdal
Jan 25
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John F. Nash's Work in Pure Mathematics
It’s fair to say that John F. Nash Jr. (1928-2015) didn’t earn much respect from pure mathematicians for his work in game theory. To them, his use of…
Jørgen Veisdal
Jan 14
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Einstein's Emigration to America (1932)
In May of 1932, a viciously anti-Semetic illustrated brochure entitled Juden Sehen Dich An (“Jews are Watching You”) featured Einstein in its prologue…
Jørgen Veisdal
Jan 6
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The Median Voter Theorem (1948)
In public choice economics, the median voter theorem states that “In a majority rule voting system, the candidate/party most preferred by the median…
Jørgen Veisdal
Dec 20, 2021
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Nash's Bargaining Problem (1950)
Just before John Nash made his breakthrough discovery of the Nash equilibrium, he wrote his first paper on another problem later to be known as Nash’s…
Jørgen Veisdal
Dec 3, 2021
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David Hilbert's Influence on Economics
Eminent mathematician David Hilbert (1862-1943) is not known for his interest or works in economics. In fact, Hilbert never did any work in economics…
Jørgen Veisdal
Nov 26, 2021
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The Riemann Hypothesis, explained
Eight years ago, in 2013, I wrote an undergraduate thesis entitled ‘Prime Numbers and the Riemann Zeta Function’. About three years later, I published a…
Jørgen Veisdal
Nov 12, 2021
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Can We Survive Technology? — John von Neumann (1955)
“Present awful possibilities of nuclear warfare may give way to others even more awful. After global climate control becomes possible, perhaps all our…
Jørgen Veisdal
Oct 31, 2021
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