A Mathematician Plays The Stock MarketIn A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market bestselling 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 timetested 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 and Innumeracy 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 marketsor knows someone who does. 
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A MATHEMATICIAN PLAYS THE STOCK MARKET
User Review  Jane Doe  KirkusA severe investment miscalculation leads to valuable lessons about the tricky psychology and thorny arithmetic of the market.Bestselling mathematician Paulos (Innumeracy, 1988, etc.; Mathematics ... Read full review
A mathematician plays the stock market
User Review  Not Available  Book VerdictWhat at first appears to be a sour grapes account of investing in illfated WorldCom stock during 200002 is actually a tour of investing with a mathematical twist. As he recounts the decline of his ... Read full review
Contents
Anticipating Others Anticipations  1 
Fear Greed and Cognitive Illusions  13 
Trends Crowds and Waves  37 
Chance and Efficient Markets  57 
Value Investing and Fundamental Analysis  85 
Options Risk and Volatility  117 
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