Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has appeared on Russ Roberts’ EconTalk podcast a number of times already, and each time I’ve found his game-theoretic take on political economy fascinating — but I’m not sure I found his recent TED talk quite as educational:

Describing a complex mathematical model to a non-technical audience is neither easy nor fun, but glossing over virtually all the innards isn’t helpful either.

Fans of Asimov’s Foundation will enjoy the moderator’s Seldon-esque concern for revealing the outcome of the analysis.

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