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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Cancer Math

In a recent New York Times op-ed piece, Angelina Jolie revealed that she had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer.  She had a family history of cancer and tested positive for flaws in the BRCA 1 … Continue reading

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Sloppy Math and the Austerity Debate

In 2010, two Harvard economists, Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, circulated a paper demonstrating that GDP growth is negatively correlated to public debt (debt-to-GDP ratio to be more precisely).  Their paper was highly influential and has been used to support … Continue reading

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