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In his upcoming book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Alex Epstein argues that fossil fuels have a crucial role to play in transforming our world for the better. And his view is gaining traction: Bill Gates’ GatesNotes series has just released a video of Bjørn Lomborg explaining how fossil fuels are necessary to fight poverty around the world. It’s a sign that Alex’s bold ideas have definitively entered the mainstream.

Chris Giles is at the heart of the current controversy over Thomas Pikkety's data. Chris led the FT's investigation into Pikkety's research.

The Leigh Bureau's Nate Silver, perhaps today's most prominent statistician, has commented on this issue and the broader question of how we handle data.

Steven Johnson's work on the history of innovation has inspired a six-part series that explores the power and the legacy of great ideas. During the PBS series HOW WE GOT TO NOW with Steven Johnson discover the extraordinary in just about everything ordinary. Hear the stories behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered. View the trailer here.

The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State
The age of big government is over; the age of smart government has begun.
As leaders everywhere around the world face a dual crisis of political legitimacy and political effectiveness, dysfunctional government has become a cliché — something most of us are resigned to. As John and his co-author Adrian Wooldridge argue, this is a seriously limited view. There have been three great revolutions in government in the history of the modern world. Now we’re in the midst of a fourth — and the West is in danger of being left behind. Drawing on their extraordinary access to influential figures and forces the world over, John and Adrian give a global tour of the innovations in how effective government works. The Fourth Revolution will be available 15 May.

July 2014
Robert ShillerUnited Kingdom
David PillingChina
Patrick DixonUnited Kingdom
Adam PosenSwitzerland and Japan
Alexandra HarneyUnited Kingdom
August 2014
Robert ShillerSwitzerland
Amy ChuaIsrael
Amy CuddyAustralia
Adam PosenSingapore
September 2014
Adam PosenSwitzerland
James SurowieckiUnited Kingdom
Juan EnriquezItaly
Kelly McGonigalSweden
Amy CuddyFrance
Tom KelleySouth Africa
October 2014
Tyler CowenKorea
Kevin AshtonSouth Africa and Brazil
Gideon RachmanSouth Africa
Andrew LippmanJordan
Robert ShillerBelgium and Luxembourg
Steven JohnsonItaly
Joi ItoJapan
Ian RobertsonMalaysia
Patrick DixonMalaysia
November 2014
Eric WhitacreTurkey
Adam PosenItaly and United Kingdom
Tom KelleyBelgium
Emily ParkerSweden
Jane McGonigalItaly
Steven JohnsonBelgium
Martin WolfSingapore
Gillian TettUnited Kingdom
December 2014
Gideon RachmanIsrael
Martin WolfIndia
January 2015
Thomas J. SargentSingapore