Friday, November 26, 2010

Money changes you

Phil Anderson finishes his classic More is Different article from Science in 1972 with the cheeky and amusing conclusion:
Marx said that "Quantitative differences become qualitative ones." But a dialogue in Paris from the 1920’s sums it up even more clearly:
FITZGERALD: The rich are different from us.
HEMMINGWAY: Yes, they have more money.
I often wondered what this was all about. It is worth reading Quote/Counterquote which explains that the dialogue never actually happened.

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