Michael Lewis, a great journalist working for a glossy publication, popularized a smart baseball manager in a book and more recently a film adaptation of that book. A great 2003 interview with him can be found in podcast form here. Unique intelligence, it seems, is not as celebrated in popular culture as it should be (and is not, usually, in Vanity Fair or other glossy publications). But credit where due: Lewis recently followed up his success with that book and film giving credit where he saw it due. And celebrating an even grander unique intelligence in that very same glossy:
It didn’t take me long to figure out that, in a not so roundabout way, Kahneman and Tversky had made my baseball story possible. In a collaboration that lasted 15 years and involved an extraordinary number of strange and inventive experiments, they had demonstrated how essentially irrational human beings can be.
It is good to see, from time to time, amazing contributions to science celebrated in glossy pages. For a bit more time with the genius: