Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Jefferson’

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    Economic Disagreement

    Jun 6, 12 • 528 Views • No Comments

    Astronomy might help us understand US history according to biographer Walter Isaacson. We just need to think about binary systems in which 2 separately orbiting stars “are linked because of their gravitational interaction.” The tension between......  [read more]

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    Debt Compromises

    Jul 23, 11 • 562 Views • No Comments

    This story is about a country that had massive debt. A recent war had been expensive and the economy had big problems. Still though, powerful political leaders opposed the solution that the Secretary of the Treasury proposed. Yes, the country is the United......  [read more]

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    Innovative Challenges

    Feb 25, 11 • 467 Views • No Comments

    Is it likely that, with each new discovery, innovation gets tougher? It might have been easier to identify an asteroid a century ago because the undiscovered ones were very big. It might have been simpler to find a new human organ; the last one, the......  [read more]

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    Speculators, Thomas Jefferson, and President Obama

    Sep 22, 10 • 945 Views • No Comments

    Thomas Jefferson and President Obama had similar concerns about financial speculators. In 1790, Thomas Jefferson opposed funding the domestic part of the Revolutionary War debt if the financial speculators who bought bonds at a depressed price would benefit.......  [read more]

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    Time Matters

    Sep 14, 10 • 512 Views • No Comments

    In a brief and wonderful 2003 article called “Clocks and the Wealth of Nations“, economic historian David Landes explained the importance of accurate timekeeping. China missed navigational opportunities because they did not develop the precise......  [read more]