I'm a math professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The purpose of this blog is to record interesting things I read, see, eat, hear, or otherwise encounter. My professional page is here. I wrote a novel called The Grasshopper King , which was published in 2003 by Coffee House Press.
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Daniel Drezner: First, I cannot stress enough the cult-like powers of a PhD program. Doctoral programs can have a strong influence on the weak-minded. Even if you’re pretty sure what you want going into a program, that can change as you’re surrounded by peers who want something different. You might think you’re strong-willed, but day […]
The first foreign editions of How Not To Be Wrong are coming out! Italy is first, this week: And after that, Brazil in June:
From the NYRB: In 2009, police in Long Branch, New Jersey, were alerted to the presence of an “eccentric-looking old man” wandering around a residential neighborhood in the rain and peering into the windows of a house marked with a “for sale” sign. When the police arrived, the man introduced himself as Bob Dylan. He […]
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Jason Zweig frets about the popularity of index funds: If investors keep turning their money over to machines that have no opinion about which stocks or bonds are better than others, why would anyone want to become a security analyst or portfolio manager? Who will set the prices of investments? […]
A thought experiment touched off by Cathy’s latest post on value-added modeling. Suppose I’m in charge of a big financial firm and I made every trader who worked for me fill out an NCAA tournament bracket. Then, every year, I fired the people whose brackets ended up in the lowest quintile. This makes sense, right? Successful […]
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