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By GEORGE F. WILL | May 13, 1993
Washington.--When Earl Weaver was manager of Baltimore's Orioles and bane of American League umpires, he would charge out of the dugout bellowing, ''Are you gonna get any better or is this it?'' Today that question is being asked about the Clinton administration. The answer is: This is it.This is what liberal government looks like -- Lyndon Johnson redux. Consider two examples, the administration's plan for fine-tuning the Balkan civil war, and the administration's plan for fine-tuning the fairness of American society.
By JON MARGOLIS | October 2, 1994
Chicago. -- From the occasionally bizarre but never dreary precincts of Boulder, Colorado, comes a missive from one John Meyer, by his own account a photographer, a computer tinkerer and a student of the way the world works.Mr. Meyer, who is 59 years old, has developed something he calls the Elliott Wave Theory of History. Regular players of the stock market know the Elliott Wave theory. It was developed by a market analyst named Ralph Elliott in the 1930s, and is one of several cyclical theories of stock permutations.
September 7, 2006
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Forget about game theory and focal points and all the other intellectual achievements that got the University of Maryland's Thomas C. Schelling the Nobel Prize in economics last week. For many, the fact that he played a key role in nurturing the movie Dr. Strangelove would be enough to qualify him for that honor. Many see this searing send-up of nuclear gamesmanship as one of the best films ever made. Released in 1964, it illustrated the types of Cold War bargaining strategies that led to Schelling's Nobel, making clear the absurdity of ever using nuclear weapons, reinforcing a taboo that was becoming the norm in Washington.
By BILL ORDINE | April 25, 2006
Perhaps the second most important poker tournament of the year was scheduled to finish sometime in the wee hours earlier this morning with the final table showdown of the World Poker Tour Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The biggest name among the six finalists was Men "The Master" Nguyen, the flamboyant California card room veteran who has been a mentor to a generation of Vietnamese players. But Nguyen, known for his effusive personality, was the short stack at the six-player table with 1.49 million chips.
October 11, 2005
When people or organizations or countries are facing conflict, it's a whole lot easier for one side to deter the other with threats than it is to compel the other to do something it doesn't want to. That's the idea that led to the peaceful nuclear standoff for a half-century between the United States and the Soviet Union, and, incidentally, it's an idea that the Bush administration junked when it decided to go to war against Iraq. In the Cold War days, the antagonists pursued "mutual assured destruction" as a way of keeping the peace -- with a big dollop of brinkmanship occasionally thrown in -- and one of the thinkers who helped develop U.S. nuclear policy was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics yesterday.
October 16, 2005
UM professor wins economics Nobel Thomas C. Schelling, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his work in game theory. Schelling shared the prize with Robert Aumann of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Real estate market cools down The Baltimore region's white-hot housing market slowed last month, reflecting signs that the national real estate boom is losing momentum, new statistics show. Navy site chosen for horse park A scenic and historic former dairy farm owned by the Naval Academy was chosen by the Maryland Stadium Authority as the first choice for a lavish Maryland Horse Park.
By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | March 10, 2007
"If hip-hop is dead, then let it rest in peace and let's move on to something else," said Black Thought, the smart rapper and sometimes-aloof mouthpiece for the hip-hop band the Roots. He and the other eight members of the Philadelphia collective brought their musically sprawling show to the Lyric Opera House on Thursday night. For nearly two hours, they celebrated the dead (James Brown) and dying (the artistic relevance of hip-hop). But it wasn't clear what they thought the "next movement" will be. The funereal air of the show was, in a way, an extension of the darkness that informs the Roots' latest album, the brilliant but heavy Game Theory.
January 28, 1995
Albert W. Tucker, 89, former chairman of the mathematics department at Princeton University and developer of the "Prisoner's Dilemma" paradox, died of pneumonia Wednesday. He was known among mathematicians for his work in linear programming and game theory. He created the Prisoner's Dilemma in 1950 to illustrate the difficulty of non-zero-sum games to a group of psychologists at Stanford University. A non-zero-sum problem is one in which one contestant's win is not necessarily a loss for the other contestant.
COLLEGE PARK -- He is 84 and technically retired, but Thomas C. Schelling appears destined to become the hot, new marketing tool for a place more popularly known for its basketball starting lineup than its superstar faculty. That's because the University of Maryland professor emeritus of economics and public policy just won the Nobel, a prize unparalleled in academic life. Schelling used to be recognized only in rarified circles, largely for his pioneering application of game theory to real-world problems such as nuclear proliferation.
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