Archive for May 7th, 2014

Why didn’t Chris Lynn fall on the boundary rope while making the best catch in cricketing history?

May 7, 2014

Well, it was some catch by Chris Lynn, an Australian cricketer. The catch was held on 25 Apr 2014 in IPL’s 7th edition. I am not sure it was the best in history as said in this quora post (and elsewhere) but surely one of the greats. Apparently Lynn showed his catching brilliance earlier as well.

So this Quora post discusses how did Lynn end up taking the catch as he had slipped just moments before the ball came towards him. And more importantly how he managed to avoid falling on the rope considering how close he was to it.

People have looked at ideas from Physics to explain how the catch was possible. I have zero knowhow of Physics (though know some bit of economics :-)) so no comments at all. But some interesting explanations.

Nice stuff.

Market for blood

May 7, 2014

A nice paper in recent JEP edition. It is written by Robert Slonim and Ellen Garbarino of University of Sydney and Carmen  Wang of Harvard Business School.

They look at this market for blood from an economic perspective, an approach which likes of Michael Sandel questions. Somehow the text from pdf cannot be extracted so skipping the details. Read it to get ideas..

Reviving Varanasi for the 21st century..

May 7, 2014

A really interesting piece by Sanjiv Sanyal.

He moves away from the political hype around Varanasi and gets to the basic issue – Can we revive Varanasi as a city?


Summing up Thomas Piketty’s book – Capital in the 21st century

May 7, 2014

This blog has largely been silent on the storm of articles since the Piketty book has hit the shores. It is a similar feel when Why Nations Fail was released in 2012. Very similar articles were released terming it a defining book and so on. Now we have a similar kinds of response to Thomas Piketty’s book -Capital in the 21st century.

Came across this nice Boston Review piece which sums up the book and the several debates (so far) nicely.


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