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Joke on Economists

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A physicist, a chemist, and an economist are stranded on an island with nothing to eat. A can of soup washes ashore. The physicist says, “Let’s smash the can open with a rock.” The chemist says, “Let’s build a fire and heat the can.” The economist says, “Let’s assume that we have a can opener.”

The joke was attributed to Paul Samuelson, a major american economist who passed away a few days ago. As explained here by Edward Glaeser, Samuelson’s is the person who “forever fused economics with math“.

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Written by Nicolas Petit

18 December 2009 at 9:52 am

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