The dark origins of the terms “the Dismal Science” and “Professors of the Dismal Science”…

“The Dismal Science” is an old but still commonly-used nickname for the realm of economics. “Professors of the Dismal Science” is an old but still used nickname for economists. Both were coined in the mid-1800s by the British historian, translator, essayist, author and mathematician Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). I suspect most people who see those terms … Read more