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Just finished the thoroughly enjoyable A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann. It is over 40 years old but has aged well. It’s more than just a math book: Then there is Roman engineering: the Roman roads, aqueducts, the Colosseum. Warfare, alas, has always been beneficial to engineering. Yet there are unmistakable trends in the engineering of […]

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Here is required reading for all of my Intro econ students, from my great colleague Stan Engerman:   The Spread of Pro- and Anti-Capitalist Beliefs

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Here is some from Slate Star, and note the observations about the Voxers: Racism is a uniquely divisive issue. Minorities hear it and think of Klansmen trying to kill them. White people hear it and think of witch-hunters trying to get them fired. A single death in a random Midwestern town has turned half the […]

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Ahh, nothing like the anticipation of seeing the future of a freshly seeded lawn …

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Just finished reading Mark Goldman’s history of Buffalo called City on the Edge. It is certainly recommended if you are a history or architecture buff and love Western, NY. The book goes through the glorious and agonizing history of the city, neighborhood by neighborhood. While it doesn’t beat you over the head with the theme, it is […]

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My family and I attended a swanky golf tournament yesterday (the Barclays, played at the austere Ridgewood Country Club). Needless to say, the place is populated with a slice of folks from the very top of the income distribution with a sprinkling of “regular Joes” tossed in. Two small obsvervations: I have rarely encountered more […]

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On My Summer Travels

This is not a travel blog, but sometimes when traveling something comes up which is TUW-worthy. I’ve been out a bit this summer away from Rochester, and as expected I ran into quite a few “Buy Local” signs on stores, cars and road signs as I moved about. How am I supposed to take these? […]

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We’ve suggested here several times that regardless of one’s views of the President’s economic and foreign policy positions or even your own political disposition, it would be hard to argue that he has been great for the black community. The latest illustration (or lack thereof) has been the President’s awkward silence on the Adrian Peterson […]

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Pravda

Here are the required summer readings for the local government middle school this summer: In case you can’t see them: No stories of Henry Ford or Josiah Wedgewood or even Isaac Newton. Nope. The government schools turning kids into little activists and accepting unquestioned the “science” of a pop book on food. And I’m paying […]

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