A Few Hares to Chase: The Life and Economics of Bill Phillips
The story of an extraordinary New Zealander with a beautiful mind, a famous curve and a revolutionary computing machine.
How did an electrician from New Zealand with a few mediocre grades in sociology write the second most cited economics article in the world, build the MONIAC - a revolutionary computing machine - and quickly rise to become one of the world's leading economists? From a remote Dannevirke farm to wartime POW camps to London's intellectual world, the Bill Phillips story is a true New Zealand tale of adventurous spirit and can-do energy.
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A Few Hares to Chase: The Economic Life and Times of Bill Phillips, shows that Phillips’s talents spanned far beyond the academic disciplines, and that his time at the London School of Economics was only one chapter of an extraordinary life. - Jenny McArthur, LSE
As books by former governors of the Reserve Bank go, this one has it all over Don Brash’s Incredible Luck. – Paul Little, North & South
[T]his is a definitive biography of an extraordinary New Zealander, written by another extraordinarily successful New Zealander. – Ingenio, Autumn 2016