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A pair of American scholars who dedicated their careers to bringing people together were rewarded with a Nobel prize for economics, the Nobel committee said this morning. Alvin Roth, who teaches at Harvard and Stanford, and Lloyd Shapley, a professor emeritus at UCLA, were notified this morning that they had won the prize.
Mr. Roth and Mr. Shapley worked independently on cooperative game theory, tackling such subjects as why a price mechanism that helps match buyers and sellers for scarce resources such as diamonds doesn’t serve areas such as organ transplants, school admissions or dating services. In the 1960s Mr. Shapley, now 89, pioneered a process for creating “stable matches” by creating a speed-dating system in which the two sexes took turns selecting potential partners.
When Barbara Epler received the news last week that Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer had won the Nobel Prize for literature, she had one reaction: “I said, ‘Call the printers!’” she recalled.
Ms. Epler is the president of New Directions, publisher of Mr. Tranströmer’s The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems, an anthology translated by the Scottish poet Robin Fulton. For New Directions, Mr. Tranströmer’s win was big news — by Friday its book was ranked #12 on Amazon, a rarity for the independent publisher, which is known for its commitment to publishing difficult poetry and literature in translation.
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All kinds of rumors have been going around in New York publishing about who would win this year’s Nobel prize for literature. Cormac McCarthy? Haruki Murakami? Philip Roth? In the end it went not to a novelist, but to a Swedish poet, Tomas Tranströmer.
It was a triple coronation today for the 2010 winners of the Nobel Prize in economics. Everyone, put your hands together for Peter A. Diamond, Dale T. Mortensen and Christopher A. Pissarides, who won this year’s prize for their work on friction in markets.
Peter Diamond, a friend of 2008 Nobel winner and New Read More
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The Swedish Academy announced this morning that Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa will be the 2010 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In a statement on its website, the academy said they decided to award Llosa for his “cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” Read More
With just a few days until the Swedish Academy announces the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, the betting odds determined by gambling site Ladbrokes.com have experienced quite the shakeup. Cormac McCarthy has seen his chances to snag the prize shoot up from 66 to 1 all the way to Read More
Get your bets in, literary gamblers: the Swedish Academy has settled on a winner for the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, according to the AP. The Academy will be announcing the recipients of the other Nobel categories starting on Monday, but it will deprive us of the winner in literature until the award Read More
With time running out to place bets on the novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize before the winner is announced on Oct. 12, literary gambling aficionados can now direct their attention to the writers in the running for the Nobel Prize. The spread that’s up on the British betting site Ladbrokes.com has Read More
According to Reuters, Paul Krugman is in Stockholm, Sweden to collect some sort of fancy prize for the work the does when not writing his twice-weekly column for The New York Times.
While we’re Mr. Krugman is very excited about the $1.3 million he’s receiving for this thing, we were a little Read More