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Sorry if this is off-topic, but can anyone recommend some resources to find trivia facts about operations research? Like the fact that Abraham Lincoln had to solve a 14-city TSP as a lawyer, or that Roger Corman studied industrial engineering at Stanford, or the story about George Dantzig solving the two open problems on the blackboard as a grad student?

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Not sure if this is a trivia fact or a fact about trivia, but Sam Buttrey, associate professor of OR at the Naval Postgraduate School, won big on the trivia quiz show Jeopardy. (Hopefully my use of the term "trivia" won't result in Jeopardy fans besieging my house.)

It may be stretching the definition of operations research a little, but there's an interesting story about Abraham Wald's work with the US Army Air Force in WW II.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't consider the Abraham Wald story to be a stretch at all. That is O.R. much more than a lot of gobbledy gook math with no relation to reality which passes as O.R. in some circles. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 26, 2023 at 20:14
  • $\begingroup$ @MarkL.Stone Agreed about the tenuous connection to reality. What I meant by a stretch was whether it would be considered OR v. statistics (or, today, "analytics"). $\endgroup$
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    $\begingroup$ I get that. Statistics is a key field contributing to O.R. Wald made an O.R. contribution, drawing on Statistics. I don't agree with the view of analytics being end to end, and O.R. being just a collection of tools. I view O.R. as end to end, and that's now I usually practice it. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 0:06

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