Mandelbrot recounts his early years in warsaw and in paris, princeton, where he was mentored by an eminent mathematician uncle, through his days evading the Nazis in occupied France, and MIT, to his education at Caltech, and his illustrious career at the IBM Thomas J. Here is the remarkable life story of Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of fractal geometry, and his unparalleled contributions to science mathematics, the financial world, and the arts.
Watson Research Center. In the process he was able to use geometry to solve fresh, real-world problems. With exuberance and an eloquent fluency, Benoit Mandelbrot recounts the high points of his fascinating life, offering us a glimpse into the evolution of his extraordinary mind. With full-color inserts and black-and-white photographs throughout.
Vintage Books. An outside to mainstream scientific research, he managed to do what others had thought impossible: develop a new geometry that combines revelatory beauty with a radical way of unfolding formerly hidden scientific laws.
The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence
Markets will never be seen as "safe bets" again. Markets, we learn, are far riskier than we have wanted to believe. Mathematical superstar and inventor of fractal geometry, Benoit Mandelbrot, has spent the past forty years studying the underlying mathematics of space and natural patterns. What many of his followers don't realize is that he has also been watching patterns of market change.
With the misbehavior of markets, he puts the tools of higher mathematics into the hands of every person involved with markets, from financial analysts to economists to 401k holders. Hudson to reveal what a fractal view of the world of finance looks like. From the gyrations of ibm's stock price and the dow, and volatile, and the dollar-Euro exchange rate--Mandelbrot shows that the world of finance can be understood in more accurate, to cotton trading, terms than the tired theories of yesteryear.
The ability to simplify the complex has made Mandelbrot one of the century's most influential mathematicians. The result is a revolutionary reevaluation of the standard tools and models of modern financial theory. Basic Books AZ. In the misbehavior of markets, Mandelbrot joins with science journalist and former Wall Street Journal editor Richard L.
The Fractal Geometry of Nature
Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, and lightening does not travel in a straight line. Basic Books AZ. Now that the field has expanded greatly with many active researchers, Mandelbrot presents the definitive overview of the origins of his ideas and their new applications. The fractal geometry of nature is based on his highly acclaimed earlier work, but has much broader and deeper coverage and more extensive illustrations.
The complexity of nature's shapes differs in kind, from that of the shapes of ordinary geometry, not merely degree, the geometry of fractal shapes.
When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought
Basic Books AZ. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot. Constitution contained a terrible contradiction―and whether the universe truly has a future.
With his trademark clarity and humor, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, and the nature of logic and truth. From jim holt, the new york times bestselling author of why does the World Exist?, comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought.
Does time exist? what is infinity? why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, the cosmos, Holt explores the human mind, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory, and also invites us to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the U.
Chaos: Making a New Science
In chaos, gleick makes the story of chaos theory not only fascinating but also accessible to beginners, and opens our eyes to a surprising new view of the universe. Basic Books AZ. Penguin Books. The million-copy bestseller by national book award nominee and pulitzer prize finalist james gleick—the author of Time Travel: A History—that reveals the science behind chaos theoryA work of popular science in the tradition of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, this 20th-anniversary edition of James Gleick’s groundbreaking bestseller Chaos introduces a whole new readership to chaos theory, one of the most significant waves of scientific knowledge in our time.
From edward lorenz’s discovery of the butterfly effect, to benoit mandelbrot’s concept of fractals, which created a new geometry of nature, to Mitchell Feigenbaum’s calculation of a universal constant, Gleick’s engaging narrative focuses on the key figures whose genius converged to chart an innovative direction for science.
Fractals: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions
Oxford university Press USA. Penguin Books. From the contours of coastlines to the outlines of clouds, and the branching of trees, fractal shapes can be found everywhere in nature. In this very short introduction, which produced a revolution in our mathematical understanding of patterns in the twentieth century, and explores the wide range of applications in science, Kenneth Falconer explains the basic concepts of fractal geometry, and in aspects of economics.
About the series:oxford's very short introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Basic Books AZ. Every very short introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society.
Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field.
Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Among his insights: • For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing. 1 new york times bestseller • a bold work from the author of the black swan that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, detect nonsense, succeed in a profession, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility In his most provocative and practical book yet, contribute to a fair and just society, and influence others.
True religion is commitment, not just faith. Penguin Books. Educated philistines” have been wrong on everything from Stalinism to Iraq to low-carb diets. You’re part of a group larger than you, but it’s still smaller than humanity in general. Citing examples ranging from hammurabi to seneca, saints, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one’s own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, and flourishing people in all walks of life.
Without it, fools and crooks will benefit, and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them. Basic Books AZ. Minorities, not majorities, run the world. As taleb says, “the symmetry of skin in the game is a simple rule that’s necessary for fairness and justice, and the ultimate BS-buster, ” and “Never trust anyone who doesn’t have skin in the game.
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Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity
Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode—a vast universe still largely undiscovered. The scientist they’re calling the next Stephen Hawking. The times magazinefrom the new york times–bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and the forthcoming The Order of Time, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe.
What are the elementary ingredients of the world? do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? In elegant and accessible prose, theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli leads us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity.
Oxford university Press USA. Basic Books AZ. The man who makes physics sexy. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Penguin Books.
The Order of Time
One of time’s ten best nonfiction Books of 2018 "Meet the new Stephen Hawking. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. Penguin Books. From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a concise, elegant exploration of time.
Why do we remember the past and not the future? what does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe.
. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. Basic Books AZ. The order of Time is a dazzling book. The sunday Times.
Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe
Basic Books AZ. They are also based on two different interpretations of space and time, and are therefore fundamentally incompatible. From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a concise, elegant exploration of time. Why do we remember the past and not the future? what does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.
. Today we are blessed with two extraordinarily successful theories of physics. Oxford university Press USA. The discovery of the higgs boson at CERN in Geneva is only the most recent of this theory's many triumphs. But, while they are both highly successful, these two structures leave a lot of important questions unanswered.
The order of Time is a dazzling book. The sunday Times. We have two descriptions but, as far as we know, we've only ever had one universe. The discovery of gravitational waves at the LIGO observatory in the US and then Virgo, in Italy is only the most recent of this theory's many triumphs. The second is quantum mechanics.
What we need is a quantum theory of gravity.
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth
The order of Time is a dazzling book. The sunday Times. Meet the new stephen hawking. Penguin Books. From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a concise, elegant exploration of time. Why do we remember the past and not the future? what does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.
Hachette Books. Basic Books AZ. Oxford university Press USA. Based on a national magazine award-winning article, this masterful biography of Hungarian-born Paul Erdos is both a vivid portrait of an eccentric genius and a layman's guide to some of this century's most startling mathematical discoveries.