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Book of the Week 28 – The Monopolists by Mary Pilon

Book of the Week 28 – The Monopolists by Mary Pilon I wanted to like this book, found the early pages a chore…. then suddenly, I found myself hooked. Mary Pilon’s book revolves around Ralph Anspach’s legal case against Parker Brothers. Parker Brothers own the “Monopoly” boardgame; Anspach, an idealistic economics lecturer, disliked monopolies and created a superficially similar game, “Anti-Monopoly”, in which you win by breaking up corporate power. As you can imagine,...

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Book of the Week 27 – The Shock of the Old by David Edgerton

Book of the Week 27 – The Shock of the Old by David Edgerton I re-read this fascinating book today to help me with a column. It’s terrific stuff: packed with memorable facts yet easy to read, counter-intuitive yet persuasive. Books about technology tend to focus on the inventions, the cutting edge – a timeline of ‘firsts’. Edgerton argues that we should look things rather than ideas – technology as it is actually used rather than life on the technological frontier....

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Announcing “How To Make The World Add Up”

Announcing “How To Make The World Add Up” I’m excited to announce that on 17 September, my new book will be published in the UK and around the world by Bridge Street Press. How To Make The World Add Up is my effort to help you think clearly about the numbers that swirl all around us.  Over the past 13 years of presenting More or Less I’ve come to realise that this clear thinking is only rarely a matter of technical expertise. Instead, it requires an effort to...

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Announcing “How To Make The World Add Up”

Announcing “How To Make The World Add Up” I’m excited to announce that on 17 September, my new book will be published in the UK and around the world by Bridge Street Press. How To Make The World Add Up is my effort to help you think clearly about the numbers that swirl all around us.  Over the past 13 years of presenting More or Less I’ve come to realise that this clear thinking is only rarely a matter of technical expertise. Instead, it requires an effort to...

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Book of the Week 25 – A Man for All Markets by Edward Thorp

Book of the Week 25 – A Man for All Markets by Edward Thorp Edward O. Thorp is a remarkable chap, and so this is a remarkable autobiography. A Depression-era child whose parents were smart but desperately poor, young Thorp took part-time jobs so that he could buy raw materials. As a boy, he made his own gunpowder, pipe-bombs, rockets, rocket-powered toy cars, and even nitro-glycerine. Discovering a powerful dye, aniline red, he used it to turn his local swimming pool a...

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Book of the Week 25 – A Man for All Markets by Edward Thorp

Book of the Week 25 – A Man for All Markets by Edward Thorp Edward O. Thorp is a remarkable chap, and so this is a remarkable autobiography. A Depression-era child whose parents were smart but desperately poor, young Thorp took part-time jobs so that he could buy raw materials. As a boy, he made his own gunpowder, pipe-bombs, rockets, rocket-powered toy cars, and even nitro-glycerine. Discovering a powerful dye, aniline red, he used it to turn his local swimming pool a...

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Book of the Week 21: Sleight of Mind by Matt Cook

Book of the Week 21: Sleight of Mind by Matt Cook Sleight of Mind offers “75 ingenious paradoxes in mathematics, physics and philosophy” – and there are many classics here – the Monty Hall problem; the Hilbert hotel; Feynman’s sprinkler; Achilles and the Tortoise. I was expecting a rather breezy discussion of the puzzles and paradoxes – along the lines of Julian Baggini’s popular book The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten – but it’s actually WAY more technical than I anticipated. I...

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Book of the Week 21: Sleight of Mind by Matt Cook

Book of the Week 21: Sleight of Mind by Matt Cook Sleight of Mind offers “75 ingenious paradoxes in mathematics, physics and philosophy” – and there are many classics here – the Monty Hall problem; the Hilbert hotel; Feynman’s sprinkler; Achilles and the Tortoise. I was expecting a rather breezy discussion of the puzzles and paradoxes – along the lines of Julian Baggini’s popular book The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten – but it’s actually WAY more technical than I anticipated. I...

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Cautionary Tales – Fire At The Beverly Hills Supper Club

Cautionary Tales – Fire At The Beverly Hills Supper Club Why did audience members fail to flee a deadly fire… despite being told to escape? Flames are spreading through a Cincinnati hotel. The staff know it, the fire department is coming, and the people in the packed cabaret bar have been told to evacuate… and yet people hesitate to move. Why don’t we react to some warnings until it’s too late? Written by Tim Harford with Andrew Wright. Producers: Ryan Dilley with Pete...

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Cautionary Tales – Fire At The Beverly Hills Supper Club

Cautionary Tales – Fire At The Beverly Hills Supper Club Why did audience members fail to flee a deadly fire… despite being told to escape? Flames are spreading through a Cincinnati hotel. The staff know it, the fire department is coming, and the people in the packed cabaret bar have been told to evacuate… and yet people hesitate to move. Why don’t we react to some warnings until it’s too late? Written by Tim Harford with Andrew Wright. Producers: Ryan Dilley with Pete...

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