Originally Posted by aybojs
I don't see how a two-hit wonder of a pop journalist who only has an undergrad degree fits in a list of great contemporary academics. Seriously, Tipping Point was just a canned and dumbed down restatement of every well-known experiment discussed on a Psych 101 synopsis, not the product of any significant or intensive research or a conduit for any really enlightening new theories.
Gladwell knows how to sell books but I wouldn't call him a serious academic or thinker.
Originally Posted by rdawson808
I'll second both
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Alain de Botton (not strictly an "academic" but knowledgable and interesting, I think)
Nice list of economists rdawson. Is Ronald Coase still around? Hard to believe since his most influential work was done in the 1930s.
I would also add Paul Samuelson, Jim Heckman and my favorite nobel-prize winning economist (who is actually a psychologist
), Daniel Kahneman.
I will also mention Alfred Chandler because he was a brilliant business historian and management thinker and only died a couple of months ago.