Ben Birnbaum

Hi, I'm Ben.

I'm a software engineer and data scientist. I lead the Machine Learning Team at Flatiron Health. This website is for side projects (like Cortado) and random thoughts.

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Contingency and the Cold War

Contingency and the Cold War

I recently read the 2013 book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, a well-sourced account of the Cold War by the journalist Eric Schlosser. The book makes it clear what a miracle it…