Leonid Hurwicz: Intelligent Designer: How War and the Great Depression Inspired a Nobel Economist

Leonid Hurwicz: Intelligent Designer: How War and the Great Depression Inspired a Nobel Economist

by Michael Hurwicz
Leonid Hurwicz: Intelligent Designer: How War and the Great Depression Inspired a Nobel Economist

Leonid Hurwicz: Intelligent Designer: How War and the Great Depression Inspired a Nobel Economist

by Michael Hurwicz

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Overview

“A fascinating, exciting story.”
— Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

While still in his early 20s, and under Hitler's shadow, Leonid “Leo” Hurwicz (1917-2008) left his home in Warsaw, Poland, seeking safety and a degree at the London School of Economics. The following years, while challenging and potentially life-threatening, contained the seeds of a lifelong intellectual adventure. Leo's story is personal (born a refugee, precarious war years for himself and his Polish-Jewish family, a new life in America), global (revolutions, wars, depressions), ideological (socialism, capitalism, economic planning, free markets) and professional (a sixty-year career as a professor of economics leading ultimately to a Nobel Prize). This book tells his story.




Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798887191348
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Publication date: 05/09/2023
Series: Jews of Poland
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Washington state-based writer Michael Hurwicz has long been fascinated by his father's journey as a Polish Jew from 1930s Warsaw to America and ultimately a Nobel Prize in Economics. Michael's book reflects deep archival research as well as conversations with his father, immediate and extended family, friends, students, and colleagues.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Prologue


  1. 1939, sierpień/août/August

  2. Born a Refugee

  3. Now or Never

  4. Home Safe?

  5. Get an Education!

  6. The Miracle

  7. Hurwicz Home School

  8. Crisis, Coup, Catastrophe

  9. Astrophysics, Chopin and Jazz

  10. Economics and Einstein

  11. Socialist Calculation

  12. Brown Shirts and Ghetto Benches

  13. Graduation Getaway

  14. Math, Models and Mechanisms

  15. Government Intervention

  16. A Lifeline

  17. Hurwiczes on the Run

  18. An Intellectual Warrior at the School for Peace

  19. Leo Hurwicz: “Excess Foreign Population”

  20. Geneva to Chicago by Way of Locarno, Barcelona and Lisbon

  21. Chicago and MIT

  22. Surprise Attack

  23. Honey

  24. A Little Bit Unruly

  25. The Great Book Review

  26. A Slow and Difficult Process

  27. Just a Closer Walk with Stan

  28. Blood, Fire, Smoke, Exile and Human Kindness

  29. Mechanism Design: Development and Recognition

Appendix A. Leo’s Memorial

Appendix B. A Celebration of Leo's 90th Birthday, Held at the Holiday Inn Metrodome, 1500 Washington Avenue South, in Minneapolis on April 14, 2007

Appendix C. The Theory of Economic Behavior, by Leonid Hurwicz

Appendix D. The Hurwicz Criterion

Appendix E. Edited transcript of 2007 interview with Leo, conducted by the author

Appendix F. A Timeline of the Life of Leo Hurwicz

Appendix G. What Is Mechanism Design?

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