A review of Derbyshire’s Unknown Quantity

Unknown Quantity: A Real And Imaginary History of Algebra Author: John Derbyshire Year: 2006 Publisher: Joseph Henry Press ISBN: 030909657X This was an absolutely fascinating book that I had a very difficult time putting down each night… Many hours of sleep lost to its pages! The book wanders through lots of territory, including rings and … Read more

When It’s Just Too Simple

The Elusive Quest for Growth My rating: 4 out of 5 Easterly argues that for all the money, theorizing, and research that have been poured into the effort to raise the standard of living in developing areas, little progress has been made because everyone ignores the first principle of economics: people act in response to … Read more