Screw Economics


One of the classes I’m taking on Coursera is Principles of Economics for Scientists, taught by Prof. Antonio Rangel at Cal Tech.

First of all, it’s a great class. Rangel has a real passion for the material and he’s provided extra resources to accomodate online students, many of whom probably don’t have the math background of the average Cal Tech student.

He’s from Madrid, so his pronunciations and mannerisms are different, like the gesture below, which I captured from one of the video lectures.

Prof. Antonio Rangel

He was explaining how something or other would increase our understanding of economics and he punctuated the word “understanding” by pointing at his head with two fingers. I don’t know what this gesture means in Spain, or if it means anything at all. Probably he knows what it means in America, but as I said, he’s passionate about the material and I think he loses himself in what he’s saying.

He’s also one of the only two people I know who pronounce the word “subsequent” as sub-SEEK-went, the other being one of my work colleagues, who’s actually from this country and therefore has no excuse . . .

  2 comments for “Screw Economics

  1. Owen marks
    14 Jan 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Lol not even kidding that’s my uncle

  2. farrukh
    8 Feb 2015 at 8:01 am

    he means what he says and gestures. he is obviously annoyed. following is a note of cautions to everyone who posts obscene comments for him on discussion forums on course site :-

    RULE 8. Learning is enhanced when discussions are both deep AND civil. Please do not post anything that you would not like your mother to read in the cover of the top newspaper in your country. Posts violating this rule will be deleted immediately. – Prof Rangel

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