Finance and the humanities can seem like distant worlds. The cold calculus and material emphasis of finance seems about as far removed as one can imagine from the inquiring, open-ended approach of the humanities and its emphasis on meaning. As I researched my book, “The Wisdom of Finance,” I was surprised to uncover a close correspondence between the central ideas of finance and the questions that preoccupy many humanists.
I was also struck by how many great writers and artists were tied to finance vocationally. The following quiz is designed to see if you can uncover those same connections. The prize? If you get more than seven of these correct, you qualify as someone capable of seeing beyond the caricature of finance that most people espouse. Good luck!
For more on the topic, tune in to tonight’s Making Sen$e report, which airs every Thursday on the PBS NewsHour.