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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Study (Guide) Break

I'm working on a study guide to Mises' Human Action. I just came across the below excerpt, and remembered why a lot of people love, and a lot of people hate, Mises:

The treatment of probability has been confused by the mathematicians. (From Chapter VI, section 2.)

6 comments:

  1. Are you saying people don't like mises because he is:

    1. Too blunt?
    2. His tone is too sure and not acceptable in academia?
    3. He is wrong (in too many academic's opinion)?

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  2. Right. Basically, "Who the heck does this economist think he is, lecturing mathematicians on probability and physicists on what the uncertainty principle 'really' means?!"

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  3. Well, I can totally see them doing that...but, is he right is a more important question they should be asking.

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  4. We must not forget that Mises' brother, Richard, was a mathematician--perhaps a little extra jab at a sibling?

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  5. And Ludwig may have been kind to his brother. At Wikipeda, I just came across this quote about Richard by one, Aleksander Ostrowski:

    Because of his dynamic personality his occasional major blunders were somehow tolerated. One has even forgiven him his theory of probability.

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