If you loved The Wisdom of Crowds, easily the best economic bestseller I’ve read since The Theory of Moral Sentiments and that was published in 1759, you’ll lerve this post by Michael Nielsen. Michael himself is quite an achiever. A graduate of the Uni of Queensland, he’s not only a scientist of some considerable standing (judging by the claims made on his website), he’s a truly fabulous writer. Check out these simple but compelling standards, and see how he meets them in this essay on the chess game of the century.
It had me reaching for the Wisdom of Crowds, which sadly has no index, but I’m pretty sure it’s not discussed at any length in there. What’s fascinating is the role of the ‘information broker’ and how they get to play that role (by acquiring a reputation!). I think it’s something when someone can be so good at one thing (straight cutting edge science at least judging by what is said on his website) and is then so damn good at another quite different skill. It’s not fair.
In the meantime, if you really want to settle into the Michael’s article, you may want to see some commentary as you go through the game – open a new tab here. And the game can be played over the net by opening a new window here.