F S KOTOBUKIYA ZOIDS EZ-049 Berserk Fuller 1 72 scale plastic kit
Verlinden Built 150mm The Worm Has Turned Fantasy Original Display VPB836 Tim Harford The Undercover Economist
  • MESSY – How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World
    “Every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration”
    – Malcolm Gladwell
  • 1 24 Pro Built WWII German Kubelwagen Afrika Korps w Claire Frost Resin Figure THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST STRIKES BACK
    “Every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration. He makes the ‘dismal science’ seem like an awful lot of fun.”
  • ProBuilt By Award winner 1 35 M198 Howitzer+PE brass
    – Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point”
  • ADAPT – Why Success Always Starts with Failure
    “Tim Harford could well be Britain’s Malcolm Gladwell... Insightful and clever”
    – Alex Bellos, author of “Alex’s Adventures in Numberland”
  • DEAR UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST
    “Economics becomes cool” – The Times
  • The Logic of Life
    “As lively as it is smart, charming, penetrating and wise”
    – Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of “Freakonomics”
  • The Undercover Economist
    Over one million copies sold
    “Like spending an ordinary day wearing X-ray goggles”
    – David Bodanis, author of “E=MC2
Dutch Warmblood Staunton Series Chess Pieces in Ebony Wood Box Wood - 4.3 King
LIONEL Prewar 154 engine Rarer Vintage Antique 1917-23 restored, runs Great 209.004BUILT 1 35 KV1

The clash of the two cultures and the challenge of collaboration

But the deepest point of all — buried a little too deep, perhaps — is a practical problem that remains as pressing today as it was in 1959: how to reconcile technical expertise with the demands of policy and politics. In short — have we really had enough of experts?

The historian Lisa Jardine highlights this sentence in Snow’s argument: “It is the traditional culture, to an extent remarkably little diminished by the emergence of the scientific one, which manages the western world.” We didn’t decide we’d had enough of experts in 2016; we made that decision long ago.

HO SCALE ATLAS gold ITEMUNDECORATED W OUT NOSE LIGHT U30C PHASE 3 LOCOHO SCALE ATLAS gold ITEM NORFOLK SOUTHERN RD U23B HIGH NOSE NEWLionel HO Scale Train 0845 gold Bullion Transport Car Vintage Original Box

As Snow pointed out in a series of lectures he gave at Harvard in 1960, published as Science and Government, grave mistakes can result not only from a vacuum of technical knowledge in politics, but from a monopoly — the single expert, unchallenged. He cited the allied bombing of dense urban areas in Germany during the war, which not only took a terrible toll on civilians, but failed in military terms by sparing industrial targets. The source of the problem was a flawed statistical study by Winston Churchill’s scientific adviser Frederick Lindemann that no one had both the technical skill and the political clout to challenge. It is not enough to give political influence to a physicist or an economist. The corridors of power must ring with scientifically informed debate.

NEW 3 Cashflow 101 Board Game Robert Kiyosaki Rich Dad Poor Dad Cash FlowLionel No. 1656 6403B Steam Switcher With BellHO Gauge Train Mantua President Adams B&O Steam Locomotive Engine & Tender 4000

None of this is to assert the superiority of a technical education over a classical, literary or vocational one, although Snow sometimes seemed to yield to that temptation. We don’t need a parliament full of chemists any more than we need one full of classicists. We need a mix. Like scientific research, good policymaking is now a team effort. It requires different perspectives and a range of specialist expertise. We all must learn to work with people who see the world very differently. That wasn’t easy to do in 1959. It is no easier today.

Tamiya J,G,S,D,F Type 74 Main Battle Tank 1 35 Model kit70248 Aston Martin Vanquish 2015 Bronze, 1 18 Autoart

Written for and first published in the RIVAROSSI hr2115 Unidad De Tren Diésel 627 003-7 DB ep.v NUEVO on 3 May 2019.

My book “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy” (UK) / “Fifty Inventions That Shaped The Modern Economy” (US) is out now in paperback – feel free to order online or through your local bookshop.

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Microace A2996 - Elektredriebzug Series 8000 JR Shikoku 3-teilig - Spur N - NEU

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Hobbytrain 2780-1 S N GAUGE ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE BR1016 ÖBB Fire Brigade ep.vi 21st of May, 2019MarginaliaResourcesComments off
371-503 Graham Farish N Gauge Class 101 2 Car DMU BR bluee & Grey Express Parcels

Is Thanos a good model for economists? On balance, no

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

371-651A Graham Farish N Gauge Class 57 0 57008 Freightliner Explorer Weathered MPC LIONEL 1585- 75TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE SET - BOXED-Undercover EconomistComments off
Brawa H0 42813 Diesellok Baureihe 212 der DB AG für AC Digital NEU OVP
Marginalia

How to be more creative

I was on the TED Radio Hour this week; they were kind enough to give me both the first and the word on the subject of kickstarting creativity.

Fulgurex Zug Ho Schachtel Leere Plm 2-8-2 Mikado Steam Motor Road 1001 Empty Box

If you’d like to read more on the subject I would – of course – recommend my book, , which gave me the research base for both of the TED talks and the interviews around them.

But what else?

Perhaps David Epstein’s new book, Range, which sings the praises of broadening your horizons. I’m a couple of chapters in and enjoying it very much: good stories, well-researched. Epstein, an experienced and thoughtful sports writer, points out that what works in sport is actually not a very good guide to what works in life, because in life the rules are unclear, feedback can be patchy, and in general we need the widest possible base of experience. Recommended.

Roco 74133 Ec-Set Leonard da Vinci Ep 4 Optional Wheelsets for Märklin FreeAtlas 10002810 HO CITX MP15DC Diesel Locomotive LokSound DCC

A very different book is A Mind At Play by Soni and Goodman – the first biography of Claude Shannon, one of the pioneers of modern computer science and the creator of information theory. Shannon’s an interesting subject in part because he’s still underappreciated outside his own field, and in part because his creative arc was complex and frustrating. He seems to spend an awful lot of time goofing around and wasting his talent. Was it wasted time? Or was it fundamental to the process? I’m not sure myself. I’ll write more about this sometime.

And I must recommend (again) Twyla Tharp’s a wonderful practical guide to creativity for anyone in any field at any stage of their career.

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Nzg 54066 Scheuerle Spmt Jeu Modultransporter 1 50 • MarginaliaResourcesComments off
Piko 52663 - Diesellok Vossloh G6 (CUMMINS) Wechselstromversion Neu

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Previous

Elsewhere

Search by Keyword

About Tim

Vintage Rare Douglas XA2D-1 Skyshark Model Craftsman Built and Detailed

Tim Harford is an author, columnist for the Financial Times and presenter of Radio 4's "More or Less".
Learn More ›

Tim’s Tweets

Revell 02185 Diesel Locomotive BR 131- 231 DB Faulhaber Motor, RP 25

Recent Articles

Rokuhan Z gauge T013-4 Shinkansen Evangelion project 500TYPE EVA 3-Car Set

Popular Articles

Free Email Updates

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new articles by email (you can unsubscribe at any time).

Join 172,667 other subscribers

Item specifics

Condition: Used Produktart: Lok
Herstellernummer: 3024 MPN:

3024

Steuerung: Analog Produktart 2: Elektrolok
Stromversorgung: Wechselstrom Marke: Märklin
Baugröße (Spurweite): Spur H0 (16,5 mm)