Wednesday, March 04, 2009


A Nerdy-Sounding Priesthood

David Segal, "In Letter, Warren Buffett Concedes a Tough Year," New York Times (February 28, 2009):
Too often, he wrote, Americans have been enamored of "a nerdy-sounding priesthood, using esoteric terms such as beta, gamma, sigma and the like."
Presumably Buffett was referring to practioners of the "dismal science" (economics), rather than to students of Greek. G.K. Chesterton called the Greek alphabet the "alphabet of liberty."

The Alphabet of Liberty

Related post: Sigma.

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