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A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market

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In A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market, best-selling author John Allen Paulos demonstrates what the tools of mathematics can tell us about the vagaries of the stock market. Employing his trademark stories, vignettes, paradoxes, and puzzles (and even a film treatment), Paulos addresses every thinking reader's curiosity about the market: Is it efficient? Is it rational? Is there anything to technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and other supposedly time-tested methods of picking stocks? How can one quantify risk? What are the most common scams? What light do fractals, network theory, and common psychological foibles shed on investor behavior? Are there any approaches to investing that truly outperform the major indexes? Can a deeper knowledge of mathematics help beat the odds? All of these questions are explored with the engaging erudition that made Paulos's A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper andInnumeracy favorites with both armchair mathematicians and readers who want to think like them. Paulos also shares the cautionary tale of his own long and disastrous love affair with WorldCom. In the tradition of Burton Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street and Jeremy Siegel's Stocks for the Long Run, this wry and illuminating book is for anyone, investor or not, who follows the markets — or knows someone who does.

Book News Annotation:

Paulos (Temple University) engagingly explains probability, chaos theory, and other rational/irrational mysteries of the universe, in this case those relevant to the odds of success in playing the stock market. Drawing from his failed investment in World Com, he explores stock newsletter scams, self-fulfilling beliefs and data mining, the Euro and the golden ratio, the P/E ratio, short-selling and margin buying, and economic disparity. The hardcover edition was published in 2003.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

From America's liveliest writer on mathematics, a witty and insightful book on the stock market and the irrepressibility of our dreams of wealth

Synopsis:

Paulos demonstrates what the tools of mathematics can tell us about the vagaries of the stock market. Employing his trademark stories, vignettes, paradoxes, and puzzles, Paulos addresses every thinking reader's curiosity about the market.

About the Author

John Allen Paulos received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and is professor of mathematics at Temple University. Dr. Paulos has written a number of scholarly papers on mathematical logic, probability, and the philosophy of science. He is also the author of Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man, Mathematics and Humor, and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465054817
Other:
Paulos, John Allen
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Author:
Paulos, John Allen
Subject:
General
Subject:
Investments & Securities - Stocks
Subject:
General science
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 8.3 oz

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