Book Review: Russian Embassies to the Georgian Kings 1589-1605

I saw this in a used bookstore and it was so wonderfully obscure that I had to get it. Surprisingly it was actually pretty interesting. Georgia and the caucasus at that time were a meddly of warring factions and intrigue (as they have been throughout history). The general overview is... [Read More]

Bayesian Optimization and Importance Sampling

So, I just had a lecture on Monte-carlo sampling methods such as importance sampling, rejection-based sampling, and the beginnings of MCMC, and it was really interesting. Anyway, importance sampling is a pretty simple idea: [Read More]

Reflections on Friedrich List's National System of Political Economy

So, while procrastinating I read an article about the supposed ‘neomercantilism’ that china is using and other south east asian countries such as South Korea used to industrialise. This sent me into a massive spiral of researching the ‘mercantilism debate’ which eventually culminated in me deciding to read Friedrich List’s... [Read More]