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Calculus, Mises & Bullshitting

March 8th, 2006

I got my hands on a beautiful reprint of Cournot’s Mathematical Principles of the Theory of Wealth. Research paper for my Modern Thought class to follow. You might wonder why I chose a book from 1838 for my Modern Thought paper, well, this particular book wasn’t widely read until the 1870s, and influenced the Marginalists, and I find that interesting. I’m a bit scared of the calculus, because math is not my friend, but I’m hoping this exposition will be beneficial to my studies.

I also plan on taking a tip from the The Captain and studying this summer at the Mises Institute this August. I’ve heard great things about it, and I think that it will be immensely helpful as I start preparing to write my thesis next January.

In other news, I’m pretty sure I failed my Micro exam last night, which leaves me rather embarassed for myself. I had done most of the reading required for the exam, but since the exam had been postponed, it’d been like 3 weeks since I’d read any of the cases. As a result, I know I confused the facts of the different anti-trust cases, and some others, I couldn’t remember the specific details whatsoever. I hope my bullshitting is still up-to-par, but I do not have a good feeling abuot this one.



  • Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden says on: March 10, 2006 at 9:21 am


    03 10 06

    DC: I was tripping that you said you are nervous about calculus. For some reason, I figured you have taken all the Calculus, differential equations and then linear algebra. The reason the assumption was made is because you are far along in your studies and many of the econ stuff I have seen e.g. forecasting isn’t too much different than the analysis we do in physics. Simply the variable NAMES are different.

    Look here, you are one of the brightest bloggers out there and are certainly capable of doing it. YOu might try looking at some precalculus books and really going over your algebra as well. These are the problems that many calc students face; they are rusty with trigonometry, geometry and algebra. I guarantee that if you brush up on those topics, calculus should be a snap. I am saddened that we have a math phobia or negativity in our society. Hell, if I can do calculus ANYONE CAN!!!

    Have a nice day:)

  • Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden says on: March 10, 2006 at 9:22 am


    03 10 06

    OH and to avoid a misunderstanding, I was smiling as I wrote this!

  • doinkicarus says on: March 10, 2006 at 4:08 pm


    It’s been several years since I’ve had anything that even resembles calculus, or… six years to be exact. I don’t think the math is terribly over my head (although I could certainly use a “Calculus for Dummies” book) but I have a very, very difficult time reading mathematical equations within text. It looks like freaking heiroglyphics to me, and I have to constantly remind myself what F(D)f represents…

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