As one of history’s preeminent satirists, Jonathan Swift is unfortunately remembered more often today for his writing than for his fine jet-black beard, an error which we do hereby rectify. Nevertheless, his most enduring novel, Gulliver’s Travels, stands as a monument to subtle social comedy and we would be remiss to completely ignore Swift’s literary achievements. Thus, if you can pry your eyes from the obsidian glory of the Beard of Action pictured above for just a moment, we invite you to read Swift’s A Modest Proposal after the jump, courtesy of Project Gutenberg. Continue reading
“In any given social distribution, it is invariably 20% of the beards that grow 80% of the whiskers.”
Italian engineer, economist, and philosopher, Vilfredo Pareto, has outlived the amnesic annals of history in eponymous fashion, being most often associated with the widely accepted and applied concepts of Pareto efficiency and Pareto distribution. These contributions helped to evolve the study of economics from its rational philosophy roots into an empirically researched science, thus propelling social engineering of the early 20th century. Despite the somewhat bleak nature of the power law Pareto discovered (and subsequent political use of it), we hereby name him a pioneering and analytic Beard of Action.