A groundbreaking mathematician presents a new model for understanding financial markets
Benoit B. Mandelbrot is world-famous for inventing fractal geometry, making mathematical sense of a fact everybody knows but that geometers from Euclid on down had never assimilated: Clouds are not round, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not smooth. To these insights we can now add another example: Markets are not the safe bet your broker may claim.
Mandelbrot, with co-author Richard L. Hudson, shows how the dominant way of thinking about the behavior of markets—a set of mathematical assumptions a century old and still learned by every MBA and financier in the world—simply does not work. He uses fractal geometry to propose a new, more accurate way of describing market behavior. From the gyrations of the Dow to the dollar-euro exchange rate, Mandelbrot shows how to understand the volatility of markets in far more accurate terms than the failed theories that have repeatedly brought the financial system to the brink of disaster. The result is no less than the foundation for a new science of finance.
About the Author
Benoit B. Mandelbrot (1924-2010) was the inventor of fractal geometry, whose most famous example, the Mandlebrot Set, is one of the most iconic images in mathematics. He was Sterling Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences at Yale University and a Fellow Emeritus at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Laboratory and the recipient of the Wolf Prize in Physics and the Japan Prize in science and technology, as well as awards from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the IEEE, and numerous universities in the U.S. and abroad.
His books include Fractals: Form, Chance and Dimension, which was later expanded into the classic The Fractal Geometry of Nature, and a memoir, The Fractalist, which was published posthumously.
Richard L. Hudson was the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal's European edition for six years, and a Journal reporter and editor for twenty-five years. He is a 1978 graduate of Harvard University and a 1991 Knight Fellow of MIT. Now the CEO and editor of Science Publishing Ltd., he lives in Brussels, Belgium.
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