Ghosts in the Machine

Ectoplasm and Enumeration   The Art of Statistics On June 8, 1887, Herman Hollerith, founder of the company that was to become IBM, applied for patent #395, 781 for his punched card calculator for what he called the Art of Compiling Statistics.  His innovation would cut the processing time of the 1890 census considerably and set […]

Trading Under the Buttonwood Tree

  A depiction of traders under the buttonwood tree, 1945 The New York Stock Exchange was established today in 1792 under the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement. Whenever I picture the stock exchange as an actual object, I picture that giant wheel on The Price is Right. I mean that’s pretty much how all that Wall […]

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