salviati: Greetings, Simplicio, Sagredo. You are both looking very thoughtful; which I hope is a good sign and shows that you have made good progress with econophysics. In any case, I am very eager to hear what kind of impression the book has left upon you?
simplicio: Well, I thought the most interesting coffee break bit is …
sagredo: Oh heavens above; I sometimes wonder if you are a serious person, Simplicio. I haven't forgotten that it was you who made our good friend Galileo go down on his knees before the Pope.
simplicio: That is a long time ago.
sagredo: Indeed, and it is still fresh in my memory.
salviati: Now, now, friends, let us keep our eye on the matter in hand. Sagredo, you first; tell me what you think.
sagredo: Well, in spite of what you said about it being written as non-technically as possible and for a wide range of readers, I found much of the argument quite complicated. In any case, I learned of many concepts that were new to me, for example the Pareto distribution, the fat tail, Gibrat's law, complex networks and open innovations, to name a few.
salviati: Good. At least you are now free from the restrictive view of the normal Gaussian distribution. Incidentally, our good friend Eugene Stanley has a very inspiring thing to say about the current global economic crisis in relation to the Pareto distribution (Stanley, 2009).