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Hiatus: Operations Research on the Brain November 17, 2013

Posted by Will Thomas in Operations Research.

I have a number of things blog-related, some of them fairly exciting, that are cooking at the moment.  That said, site stats indicate there’s not as much interest in new posts as there was a year or two ago.  I don’t know if this is an across-the-board phenomenon with history of science blogs, or if it’s just a reflection of EWP posts’ current pace and subject matter.  But, at any rate, it doesn’t seem like anyone will be terribly disappointed if I put new posts on the back-burner until the new year.

My main reason for doing this is that I have to commit my now-precious spare time to working on my longstanding interest in the intertwined histories of operations research, systems analysis, decision theory, and the proliferation of scientific advisory positions during and after World War II.  Happily, I am now in a position where I have to format my book manuscript, Rational Action: The Sciences of Policy in Britain and America, 1940-1960, for publication. Coincidentally, I have also recently been named to the History and Traditions Committee of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), which should also take up a little time.  So, in addition to “machine philosophy” and other topics of the moment, look for a number of operations research-related goings-on in 2014.



1. Dominic Berry - November 25, 2013

Good news on the manuscript, hope you find putting it together not too harrowing. I think people at present (particularly thanks to cheap tablets) are reverting more and more to RSS readers, so your number of views could appear to be dropping thanks to that. Keep-em coming, hope the job’s treating you well.

2. William Burns - December 4, 2013

Hi Will,

Hope things are going well stateside. We just bought a flat in London finally. Can you let me know when your book is published as I would like to read it, and of course to grace the new bookshelves I have still to install in my new living room!

Will Thomas - December 4, 2013

Dominic and William, thanks for the comments.

My stats for “subscribed” views have also been subpar, but it seems the way stats are tallied changes frequently. For example, I can no longer see what search terms bring people here. So who really knows. In any event, I personally still enjoy doing EWP, so will pick things back up again once things settle down.

William: congrats on the flat! I must email you….

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