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Tim Johnson
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Academic metrics and market mechanisms: heaven or hell
This post is my contribution to the ' Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment ' being undertaken by the Higher Education Funding Council of England and Wales. As a mathematician I felt my views were covered in the submission made by...
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Reciprocity and the difference between usury and interest
At the IASH meeting on the Human-Business interface I attended last week, Michael Northcott discussed the relationship between capitalism and sustainability.  Michael is an authority on both subjects, having written on environmental ethics and debt .  At th...
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Fairy dust sprinkled from ivory towers
On the basis that the "impact agenda" is important I thought it worth while responding to Paul Krugman, who seems to  think I'm a bit of an idiot  ("what I assumed was obvious apparently isn’t to everyone").  That might well be true but let me try and justi...
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Dogmatic Indifference
Last week Roger Pielke Jr had a letter to the FT published where he questioned the effectiveness of a carbon cap in China.  Paul Krugman responded to Pielke's letter with a post where he claims that the letter offers a teachable moment, a chance to explain ...
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Scientific facts and democratic values
I spoke at the Circling the Square conference last week, keeping closely to the text I put up before I went to Nottingham.  The most significant change was that I ended with a comment on a claim made by an experimental physicist (hereafter labelled as "EP")...
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Is it robust knowledge or make believe? Evidence, uncertainty and the role of values.
A few years ago I attended a meeting on the applications of mathematics to "energy problems" sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the London Mathematical Society.  During one of the presentations a British Nuclear Engineer...
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Rethinking the finance curriculum
Emerging in the wake of the Rethinking Economics movement is Rethinking Finance , and it looks as if Rethinking Finance is going to place some emphasis on the finance curriculum, just as Rethinking Economics , as a student organisation,   has .  @NeilLancas...
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Reciprocity and the difference between usury and interest
At the IASH meeting on the Human-Business interface I attended last week, Michael Northcott discussed the relationship between capitalism and sustainability.  Michael is an authority on both subjects, having written on environmental ethics and debt .  At th...
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Fairy dust sprinkled from ivory towers
On the basis that the "impact agenda" is important I thought it worth while responding to Paul Krugman, who seems to  think I'm a bit of an idiot  ("what I assumed was obvious apparently isn’t to everyone").  That might well be true but let me try and justi...
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Dogmatic Indifference
Last week Roger Pielke Jr had a letter to the FT published where he questioned the effectiveness of a carbon cap in China.  Paul Krugman responded to Pielke's letter with a post where he claims that the letter offers a teachable moment, a chance to explain ...
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Piketty and the problems of data interpretation
I have not read Piketty, but like many in my position I will not let that stop me talking about the debate of his book focusing on data interpretation. After leaving university I worked for a number of oil industry related consultancies, the formative time ...
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Objections to Objectivity
I start with a warning that this is a synthesis-in-development of some thoughts about mathematics, economics, objectivity and justification.  As a work in progress it might be a bit incoherent.  I have been thinking about "justification" having read Cheryl ...
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Nairobi - Seoul - London - Lima - Oslo - Edinburgh
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Introduction
I am a Lecturer in Financial Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.  Heriot-Watt was the first UK university to offer degrees in Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics and is a leading UK research centre in the fields.  

Between 2006-2011 I was the UK Research Council's Academic Fellow in Financial Mathematics and was involved in informing policy makers of mathematical aspects of the Credit Crisis.

Views published are my own and not endorsed by my employer.

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Education
  • King's College London
    PhD Applied Probability, 2002 - 2006
  • King's College London
    MSc Financial Mathematics, 2000 - 2002
  • Birkbeck, University of London
    PGC Finance, 1999 - 2000
  • Imperial College London
    BSc Physics, 1984 - 1987
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