Betting on Ideas: Wars, Invention, Inflation

Betting on Ideas: Wars, Invention, Inflation

by Reuven Brenner

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ISBN-13: 9780226074016
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 07/28/1989
Edition description: 1
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Why Do Nations Engage in Wars?
Appendix 1.1: On Probability, Thinking, and Stress
Appendix 1.2: On Making Up Our Minds . . .
Appendix 1.3: . . . on Political Thought, in Particular
2. On Gambling, Social Instability, and Creativity Now . . .
With Gabrielle A. Brenner
Appendix 2.1: Evidence on Patents: Diagrams and Comments
Appendix 2.2: Firms and International Trade: An Alternative Viewpoint
Appendix 2.3: On the Methodology of a Uniform Approach
3. . . . and during the Industrial Revolution
4. Why Did Inheritance Laws Change?
By Gabrielle A. Brenner
5. On Politics and Inflation
Appendix 5.1: Unemployment: A Note
6. What Insurance Can Indexation Provide?
The Canadian Experiment
Appendix 6.1: Indexation: Additional Viewpoints
7. The Choice
Notes
References
Index

What People are Saying About This

Jonathan Hughes

Betting on Ideas is an ingenious and erudite creation, easily as much so as History - the Human Gamble. Its appeal like its predecessor's, is to a wide audience: historians, economists. sociologists, and anthropologists, among others. And like its predecessor, the book's greatest value is as a general, truly novel paradigm of large scale human behavior. -- (Jonathan Hughes, Northwestern University)

John Hey

In my opinion, people who have "theories of the world," are either dangerous crackpots or visionary geniuses. Reuven Brenner has a "theory of the world", which he has already expounded in his 1983 book, History - the Human Gamble, and on which he now expands in this second book. I cannot decide into which category Brenner falls - since much of what he says makes sense ... Perhaps Brenner is a visionary genius? -- (John Hey, University of York, Economica, November 1987)

G.O.W. Mueller

Certainly one of the most unusual and mind-challenging books I have read in a long time. -- (G.O.W. Mueller, Professor of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University)

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