June 24, 2003

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, INVOKING FANCY MATHEMATICS, I WROTE IN THE COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW that scholars should look at the Supreme Court’s actions, however random-seeming, for signs of deeper patterns. Now, a mathematician has done just that, and those patterns seem to be there, and to exist independent of legal issues, or the composition or politics of the Court. I find this very interesting, though not entirely surprising.