Dr. Strogatz is a professor at Cornell University, and has had a prolific career examining complex systems in diverse fields such as circadian rhythms, Josephson Junctions, and “small-world networks“. This book captures many of the stories of progress in these and related fields of today’s progressive minds.
After reading “The Colour of Infinity“, specifically chapter 7, I went back to the library and grabbed “The (Mis)Behavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin, and Reward” by Benoît Mandelbrot. I figured that if the “Father of Fractal Geometry” has a book out about the markets, that’d be the authoritative source for fractal market behaviour.
I somewhat recently read “Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets“, by Nassin Nicholas Taleb. I heard of the author somewhere awhile ago. That, combined with my fractals / randomness kick, and recent news about housing markets and stocks diving, it seemed like an appropriate choice.
I somewhat recently read “The Colour of Infinity: The Beauty and Power of Fractals“; I studied Chaos and Fractals a bit back in MSSM, but in the past decade surely there has to have been advancements.
The book is broken down into 8 Chapters: several are by popularizers of Fractals, several are republished papers by active researchers, and one covers the making of the educational video. This video and book was endorsed / promoted by the recently deceased Sir Arthur C. Clarke.