Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir are the first to popularise the science of scarcity, a study of the human mindset when it experiences a deficient in a certain area.
As Ivy League professors in economics and psychology respectively, the duo are masters at exploring the causes and implications of scarcity, as well as selecting choice case studies and turning them over with a pleasing thoroughness. However, while they perhaps strain a little too hard to put the “pop” in pop psychology (complex experiments are sketched briefly, albeit with 40 pages of footnotes to compensate), it only serves to make this a pacey dissection of a potentially life-changing subject.
Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir's book 'Scarcity' is published by Allen Lane on September 5 priced £20. Click here to buy a copy.
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Hipsters: prepare to be outraged. There’s a new kid in town, with dishes as retro as a Rubik’s Cube, but without the side of irony. That’s because it’s the latest gaff from Corbin & King, the chaps behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay, and Brasserie Zédel. Like those, it’s named in connection with classic cars (backstory: The Wolseley site was originally built as the showroom of the Wolseley Car Company). Bellanger is a nod to the Société des Automobiles Bellanger Frères, a French car manufacturer from 1912 to ’25 (fun fact: Monsieur Bellanger sold Delaunay cars). And once again, it pays homage to the golden era of all-day ‘grand cafés’. Formerly home to a popular-but-uninspiring branch of Brown’s, the site’s potential has at last been realised. The layout’s much the same (airy front section, intimate rear space, bustling middle to connect the two), but the refit by David Collins’s protégé Shayne Brady is all new. If you can call interiors straight from the Alsatian brasseries of turn-of-the-century Paris ‘new’, that is. (Bit of history: these were set up by refugees fleeing the Alsace after the region was annexed by Germany). It’s gorgeously art nouveau, all polished wood panelling, smoky mirrors and flattering golden lighting. An abundance of booths encourages group dining and café chatter. You can’t buy this kind of buzz. The food – a Venn diagram of French, German and Alsatian – is simple, yet flawless. If Angela Merkel and François Hollande embarked upon an illicit affair
Venue says: “A relaxed, all-day, traditional French restaurant on Islington Green. Join us for a simple cup of coffee with cake or enjoy a 'grand repas'.”