Another giant passes

David Blackwell passed away on July 8.  “Basically, I’m not interested in doing research and I never have been,”
he said. “I’m interested in understanding, which is quite a
different thing. And often to understand something you have to work it
out yourself because no one else has done it.”

Tip from Andrew Gelman.

Update (25 July).  More from Will Briggs, including the St Petersburg paradox.

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