Publishing clearinghouse: New book looks at human ‘Speculation’


“Speculation: A Cultural History from Aristotle to AI” by Gayle Rogers, professor and chair of English (Columbia University Press, July 2021)

This book is a history of how and why humans have speculated — in markets, in imagination, and in casinos alike — for thousands of years. It understands speculation as a way of shaping the future through risk-taking. We battle with one another for position and authority on what tomorrow will look like by way of our gambles today, whether those are financial or dreamed. 

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