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A book with too much information

Published by The Economist on Mon, 10 Aug 2015


Last month, we reviewed in the print edition a recent book called'Why Information Grows', by CsarHidalgo, at the MIT Media Lab. Here, one of our other economics contributors gives his opinion about the volume.WHEN an author poses a question in a book title, the reader might reasonably expect an answer. Sometimes the reader is left in exhilarating suspense, like after Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'' (which left the readers knowing little new about the inner thoughts of celestial bodies). But expect no easy answers in 'Why Information Grows', a recent book by CsarHidalgo, a professor at the MIT Media Lab. Indeed, like its title, the book reads like an unfinished sentence.In his book, Mr Hidalgo tries hard to pretend that he is not trying to explain why some countries are rich and others are...Continue reading
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