A Reader Inquires: I read something recently about physicists who study corporate boards. How is this science?
It’s in the method: Inspired by the recent rash of corporate scandals, scientists Stefano Battiston and Grard Weisbuch of the Ecole Normale Suprieure, in Paris, applied an 80 year-old pillar of statistical physics called the Ising model to big business.
The Ising model was developed to explain the orientation of particles within ferromagnetic materials like iron. When you magnetize iron by