so most people who read this blog already know that one of my favourite teachers here at the U of C is Steven Levitt. no doubt many have already seen this, but Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have just put out a book titled Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. that link takes you to the book's website, which includes a blog written by Levitt and Dubner.
there are also various interviews with Levitt re: this book, at Kottke, and NPR. (with a nod toward Crescat for the links.) Slate is also doing a two-part excerpt from the book, for a little taste of what is to come.
it looks like Freakonomics is going to be somewhat of a survey of the various things he's done in the last few years -cheating in classrooms and sumo wrestling, studying gangs, that sort of thing. should be well worth a read, not in the least for a glimpse into the way economics can figure in areas outside those traditionally considered its domain. (like business, and union-management disputes, and interest rates...) i'll pop into a bookstore -57th Street Books is bound to have it prominently displayed- and take a look sometime later this week.