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November 30, 2012

The Actuary Meets Franz Kafka

Most of us don't notice it, but death, math, and insurance play a surprisingly central role in literature and film. Dan Skwire is an actuary, but when he's not performing complex mathematical calculations, he's studying classic authors like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Daniel Defoe to see how actuarial work manifests itself in art. Writers like Kafka and Wallace Stevens were insurance executives by day, and men of letters by night. Find links to Skwire's articles on Jane Austen, Kafka and more here.

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