Posts Tagged ‘Tim Harford’

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    One Reason That Geography Matters

    Jan 5, 14 • 843 Views • No Comments

    Have you ever looked closely at Japan and the United Kingdom? Described by geographer Jared Diamond in a fascinating podcast, they look remarkably similar. Today Japan and the British Isles are modern industrial societies.  Both are north/south archipelagos...  [read more]

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    Benford’s Law and Greece

    Sep 22, 11 • 222 Views • No Comments

    Does it matter that low first digits occur more frequently? First some history. During the 1920s, Frank Benford, a physicist at GE, noticed that “one” appeared more frequently as the first digit of a number. To test his thesis, he accumulated...  [read more]

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    Institutionalized Trust

    Jul 24, 10 • 246 Views • No Comments

    The production path of a pair of Levi’s stonewashed 501 jeans could have started in a Mississippi Delta cotton farm, continued with a North Carolina fabric weaver, and included the Dominican Republic and Haiti for cutting, sewing, and finishing. Then,...  [read more]