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on 23 March 2014
The book doesn't have a central idea but touches and references many inter-disciplinary areas of science and economics, to come attempt to model about social, economic and stock market behaviour in a more objective, long-term way. It is full of interesting notions and observations, but fails to make any central point. In fact, stock markets are the least discussed subject of the book! As is the case with much scientific contribution to investment lore, it doesn't propose any actionable methods for improving investment. Rather, it lays out a wide range of possible scenarios including the possible collapse of society and economy due to overpopulation etc, with the result that after reading the book, one is inclined to think that stock markets and investing really aren't that important and we should probably buy a farm and worry about the end of the world as we know it!! The other issue with the book is it's quite technical and hard to read for laymen. Still interesting ideas, if not fully formed.
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on 18 July 2014
Very clear description of market phenomena, but I would like to see a little more of the maths.
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on 3 June 2004
The word crash strikes fear into any investor's heart. Fear not, writes scientist Didier Sornette, who has crunched the numbers (not to mention the probabilities and log periodicities) and has determined that crashes are, in fact, quite normal and predictable. If prices are soaring and everyone you know says profits are guaranteed, get ready. Sornette backs up his argument with countless charts, formulas and phrases such as "spontaneous symmetry-breaking regime." Still, there's enough plain English here to enlighten the lay reader. We suggest this book to traders and investors looking for a unique analysis of market crashes.
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