"OK, this is my favorite story right now," says Horowitz. "There's this guy in rural Italy, obsessed with math, right?" She's talking about a book by Murray D. Lincoln, a founder of Nationwide Insurance and a champion of farm cooperatives (the kind of light reading she picks up for fun). "Then one day he shows a famous mathematician what he's been working on all this time. The mathematician's like, 'Oh. Yeah. You invented calculus.'"

Someone smart had figured it out before him. The models were already there.

Sara Horowitz
Caleb Ferguson
Sara Horowitz

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