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Giants: Hyman Minsky?

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As one works their way through the academic jungles from undergraduate to graduate studies in any given field, one of the cultural side effects is the knowledge of who the “giants” in your field of study are. In mathematical physics, some of the giants include Einstein, Dirac, Cartan, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, de Broglie, Maxwell, Newton, etc. Since I’ve only been thinking about finance and economics seriously for the past two years or so, there are still many giants I don’t know. Some of the giants I do know and have come to admire include Graham, Keynes, and von Neumann (who also counts as a giant in mathematical physics!). Not to mention some people from my previous place who I consider to be giants.

One person I’ve only recently learned of that I am tempted to elevate to the title of “giant” in my book is Hyman Minsky. I’ve only learned of him in the past couple weeks through references in a few blogs, e.g. here. I hope to spend some time leaning about his work and may purchase a couple of his books. I don’t have anything more to say for now, but my “gut” tells me I will like what he had to say.


Written by Eric

August 5, 2007 at 9:26 pm

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