Jeremy Freese considers what might have been had his life taken another turn and asks:
Does anybody else have a counterfactual career they wonder about?
As it is, I did actually consider switching from Political Science to Economics at one point during my first year at university. Back in 1993 I also unexpectedly faced the choice between taking a job at the Danish Ministry of Health or go for the research grant which eventually produced my biography of K.K. Steincke.
On a less – or perhaps more – serious note, I actually got higher marks in French and Maths than in Social Science at my high school exam, so maybe I should have been a French mathematician. Of cause I have hardly spoken a word of French since 1983 and done pathetically little maths.