Chess Algorithms

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy | 17 February 2020 | 0h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Tim Harford delves into the history of algorithms, their use by mathematicians and scientists for millennia, and the new power and importance they’ve acquired in the digital age.

Prohibition

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy | 30 September 2019 | 0h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
When the US outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, it inadvertently created one of the most successful black markets in the world. Tim Harford considers how much it costs to make something illegal, and what a failed law reveals about the way criminals make their money.