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Old 09 December 2012, 05:40 PM
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Default Paul Krugman: Asimov's Foundation novels grounded my economics

There are certain novels that can shape a teenage boy's life. For some, it's Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged; for others it's Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. As a widely quoted internet meme says, the unrealistic fantasy world portrayed in one of those books can warp a young man's character forever; the other book is about orcs. But for me, of course, it was neither. My Book the one that has stayed with me for four-and-a-half decades is Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, written when Asimov was barely out of his teens himself. I didn't grow up wanting to be a square-jawed individualist or join a heroic quest; I grew up wanting to be Hari Seldon, using my understanding of the mathematics of human behaviour to save civilisation.

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Neat! However, the person who I really wonder if he was influenced by the Foundation Trilogy is Nate Silver. (And I see I'm not alone there. )

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