Senior Lecturer/Co-Director, Undergraduate
Department of Economics, University of Chicago
Appointments: Click here to email Joanna Vlahos,
Rosenwald 229, 834-6672.
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Literacy & Numeracy: Two essential references for undergraduates.
How to Solve It; A New Aspect of Mathematical Method 2nd ed. Princeton.
1988. (First issued 1945.)
If anyone tells you "Gee, you need to learn how to write a proof." or
"You should learn how to solve problems" GET THIS BOOK.
Williams. Style; Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. 5th ed.
Take Little Red School House and learn how to edit your writing. If you
can't get in, or even if you do, GET THIS BOOK.
Classics: readings from the foundations in social and political
(If you missed any of these in SS Core, find these in Harper Library.)
Thomas Hobbes. Leviathan. edit by Richard Flathman & D. Johnston,
Norton. New York 1997.
Locke. 2 Treatises on Government. ed. by Peter Laslett.
Stuart Mill. On Liberty, and other essays / John Stuart Mill ; edited
an introduction by John Gray. Oxford U. Press. 1991.
Marx. The Communist Manifesto. (Building utopia, predicated on somewhat
different view of human nature than Hobbes....)
Some Classics in Economics.
Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of
imprint 1776). See especially Book I & II.
R. Hicks. Value and Capital. (1st imprint 1939) Oxford U. Press. 1974.
elegant & lucid presentation of basic microeconomics.
MacKay. Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds.
McNeill. Plagues and Peoples. Anchor Books. 1998. (Better than the more
"Guns, Germs, and Steel." )
Kurlansky. Cod; A Biography of a Fish that Changed the World.
Penguin Books 1997.
(Negative externalities on the Outer Banks....plus delicious recipes
dried cod=bacalao: major protein source pre-refrigerator)
S.Cowan. More work for mother: the ironies of household technology from
hearth to the microwave
New York : Basic Books, c1983. (Labor-saving technological change, but
ever-expanding scope of household activities...)
Preview of graduate-level texts in economics:
Stokey and Robert Lucas. Recursive Methods in Economic Dynamics.
M.Kreps. Notes on the theory of choice. Westview Press 1988.
**FUTURECONGRADS take note**
(Entertaining preview of graduate-level theory of choice. Do YOU
believe in the Savage axioms? )
Lo, and McKinley. The Econometrics of Financial Markets.
Duffie. Security Markets; Stochastic Models. Academic Press.
Greene. Econometric Analysis. Prentice Hall.
Chicago: Have you ever wondered about the historical economic
development of this ex-swamp?
William Cronon. Nature's Metropolis. Norton.
Robin Einhorn. Property Rules. U of C Press.
"Nature" Quiz for Hyde Park: 1_What smells very bad on 58th Street
every autumn, just northeast of the Oriental Institute? 2.What
high-velocity airborne pigeon-eating predators are beginning to
populate Chicago's urban landscape? 3. What alien
creature colonizing the lakefront of Hyde Park had the blessing of
Mayor Harold Washington? 4. If you swam from the rocks at the south
of The Point to the first pier and back, how far would you have gone?
For dinosaur lovers, here is a great photo of the tracks unearthed
from the red sandstone of SW Utah. Photo: R.G. Hansen of St.
Answers to quiz: 1. The fruit of the female gingko
the Park District tries to plant the male trees that have no smelly
fruit.) 2. Small raptors (Cooper's hawks?) now nest in Illinois and can knock pigeons
out of the air by diving at them from above.. 3. Harold
Washington, while Mayor, said he liked the bright green parakeets
colonizing the trees north of the Del Prado apartments where he lived. Those
trees have since fallen down, but the parakeets live on. 4. From the
Point to the first pier south of 57th Street Beach is roughly 1
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