“This is a very unusual set of novels from Isaac Asimov, but a classic. Itâ€™s not about gadgets. Although itâ€™s supposed to be about a galactic civilisation, the technology is virtually invisible and itâ€™s not about space battles or anything like that. The story is about these people, psychohistorians, who are mathematical social scientists and have a theory about how society works. The theory tells them that the galactic empire is failing, and they then use that knowledge to save civilization. Itâ€™s a great image. I was probably 16 when I read it and I thought, ‘I want to be one of those guys!’ Unfortunately we donâ€™t have anything like that and economics is the closest I could get.”
Five Books Interview: Paul Krugman on Inspiration for a Liberal Economist, by
Sophie Roell, TheBrowser.com, June 19, 2011
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