I make a brief appearance in this video…
…and in this one.
I watched Sam Mendes’ excellent film first, but the book turned out to be even better.
John Copley’s classic production sponsored by the Wadham College Middle Common Room.
I will need a lot of convincing to see another Twelfth Night anytime soon. Mark Rylance is astonishing as Olivia. All male cast includes Stephen Fry as Malvolio.
Mark Rylance as Olivia
Mark Rylance as Johnny Byron in Jerusalem
British cast members include: George Eliot, Maurice Bowra, Isaiah Berlin and Hugh Trevor-Roper.
As entertaining as Gore Vidal (also in), as witty as Saul Bellow (also in), as pretentious (at times) as Susan Sontag (also in).
A perfect Oxford novel.
Among Shapley’s incredible contributions to theoretical economics, the matching algorithm he developed with David Gale in 1962 would appear relatively insignificant. He developed the Shapley value (a “fair” way of dividing surplus in cooperative games), he characterised the core (a set of outcomes that cannot be improved on by a group of players) in a large class of (“convex”) games, and, more recently developed “potential games”, which find applications in many areas, including engineering.
But thanks to Al Roth (and others, including Vince Crawford), it is precisely Shapley’s algorithm that changed the way we think about markets. What “market designers” realised is that a stability and truth-telling in a market can be just as important efficiency (and that it’s not possible to achieve all three!) in applications. Roth’s work turned Shapley’s marriage market from an intellectual curiosity to a cornerstone of economic theory and practice. He also made it cool.
An incredibly lucid, powerful book by the most popular philosophy professor in the world.
His three Ages – The Age of Revolution, 1789-1848; The Age of Capital, 1848-1875, and The Age of Empire 1875-1914 – were the first serious history books I read.