A Mathematician Plays The Stock Market

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Basic Books, Oct 11, 2007 - Science - 224 pages
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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 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 markets-or knows someone who does.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A 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

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What at first appears to be a sour grapes account of investing in ill-fated WorldCom stock during 2000-02 is actually a tour of investing with a mathematical twist. As he recounts the decline of his ... Read full review


Anticipating Others Anticipations
ket SellOffs 2 Fear Greed and Cognitive Illusions
Trends Crowds and Waves
Chance and Efficient Markets
Value Investing and Fundamental Analysis
Options Risk and Volatility
Diversifying Stock Portfolios
Connectedness and Chaotic Price Movements
From Paradox to Complexity

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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.

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