Friday, February 15, 2008

The Logic of Life

The Rational Economics of an Irrational World, by Tim Harford.
Quickie recap: Using the rules of economics, Tim explains to us dullards how things like marriage, gambling, and your boss really work.
Quickie review: Economics are hard to understand without an economics degree (and who knows, maybe they're still hard to understand even with one). So yes, I struggled with some of the concepts. But I was also fascinated by others. At the end of the day, there is something cheeky about Mr. Harford. He's surprisingly entertaining for a numbers guy. He's got some wit, he's got some charm, but more than that, he's got the goods. He told me exactly why I make choices that seem crazy, and why those choices are actually logical if only we think about the bigger picture, and why I should stop feeling so badly for seeming so random.
Quickie recommendation: Interesting for sure.


Lorna said...

I bought Dave "Four Letter Word" for Valentine's Day. Big hit. Big payback. thank you.

RC said...

huh? sounds sort of like freakanomics...just with a less cool cover.

i do have an econ degree so maybe i should check this one out?