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4.06.2009

So Aristotle thinks of two integers, and he tells Plato their product and Socrates their sum 

In yesterday's New York Times is an article about Larry Summers's part-time gig with D. E. Shaw, a firm that hires world-class mathematicians and scientists to create brainteasers and test them on college kids and grad students. Rumor has it that they trade stocks and bonds in order to finance their operations.

I'm sure that a fellow who was once Secretary of the Treasury, President of Harvard University and who still is one of the premier economists in the world (and also appears to be a male, to boot) was quite flattered that Shaw wanted to field-test their new brainteasers on him.

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It's nice to see his career continue after being side-tracked by drawing conclusions from real data.
 


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