Michael Lewis

Kahneman and Tversky: The Birth and Life of Behavioural Economics

Mon 13 November 2017

Michael Lewis

Kahneman and Tversky: The Birth and Life of Behavioural Economics

Mon 13 November 2017,

Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of Holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved; Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy.

Drawing on his latest book, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed the World, in this event business journalist and best-selling author Michael Lewis will tell the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football. Kahneman and Tversky, Lewis shows, helped shape the world in which we now live – and may well have changed, for good, humankind’s view of its own mind.

Tim Harford in the Financial Times described The Undoing Project as ‘vivid, original and hard to forget’. Malcolm Gladwell said: ‘It’s good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like’.

Booking opens Mon 16 October 2017. To ensure we can include as many audience questions as possible on the night, we are collecting them at time of booking.

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