When the economist Janet Yellen was lecturing at the University of California, Berkeley, she used to write her entire text out in longhand in advance. She would leave nothing to chance. The text would begin, ''Hello. My name is Janet Yellen.''
The small detail, revealed by a colleague to the New York Times last week, illuminates some of Yellen's wonkiness: she can sometimes appear to be the archetypal nerdish academic. But her diligence and...
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