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Mark Buchanan Biography
Mark Buchanan is an American physicist, and author. Mark was formerly an editor with the international journal of science Nature, and the popular science magazine New Scientist.
He is also a fisherman and a scuba diver. He has also been a guest columnist for the New York Times, and currently writes a monthly column for the journal Nature Physics.
Mark Buchanan Age
Mark Buchanan was born on October 31, 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio. She is 61 years
Mark Buchanan Career
His books and articles typically explore ideas of modern physics, especially in quantum theory or condensed matter physics. This is with an emphasis on efforts to use novel concepts from physics to understand patterns and dynamics elsewhere, especially in biology or in the human social sciences.
The key themes include, but are not limited to the (often overlooked) importance of spontaneous order or self-organization in collective, complex systems. His work aims to bring technical advances in modern science to a broad, non-technical audience, and to also help stimulate the flow of ideas across disciplinary boundaries.
Mark Buchanan Books
- Ubiquity: The Science of History… or Why the World is Simpler Than We Think (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2000); short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award.
- Nexus: Small Worlds and the New Science of Networks (W.W. Norton & Co, New York, 2002); short-listed for the Aventis Science Writing Prize in 2003.
- The Social Atom (Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2007).
- Forecast: What Physics, Meteorology, and the Natural Sciences Can Teach Us About Economics ( Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London 2013)
Mark Buchanan instability
Buchanan tells the fascinating story of the discovery that there exists a natural structure of instability woven into the fabric of our world. It explains why catastrophes happen both natural and human happen.
Mark Buchanan Nexus
Nexus reveals the new science of connection and the odd logic of six degrees of separation as Chaos explained the science of disorder.
Mark Buchanan The Social Atom
The idiosyncrasies of the human decision-making have confounded economists and social theorists for years. If every person makes choices for personal (and often irrational) reasons, how can their choices be predicted by a single theory? How can any social, economic, or political theory be valid? The truth is, none of them really are.
Buchanan makes the fascinating argument that the science of physics is beginning to provide a new picture of the human or “social atom,” and help us understand the surprising, and often predictable, patterns that emerge when they get together.
Look at patterns, not people, Mark argues, and rules emerge that can explain how movements form, how interest groups operate, and even why ethnic hatred persists.
Forecast Mark Buchanan
Positive feedback-when A produces B, which in turn produces even more A-drives not only abrupt climate changes, but also the most important and disruptive events in economics and finance, from asset bubbles to debt crises, bank runs, even corporate corruption.
But economists, with few exceptions, have ignored this reality for fifty years, holding onto the unreasonable belief in the wisdom of the market.
It’s past time to be asking how do markets really work? Can we replace economic magical thinking with a better means of predicting what the financial future holds, in order to prepare for, or even avoid the next extreme economic event?
In Forecast, physicist and acclaimed science writer Mark Buchanan answers these questions and more in building a new model for economics, one that accepts that markets act much like the weather does.
While centuries of classical financial thought has trained us to understand “the market” as something that always returns to equilibrium, economies work more like our atmosphere-a loose surface balance riding on a deeper torrent of fluctuation.
Market instability is as natural-and dangerous-as a prairie twister. With Buchanan’s help, we can better govern the markets and weather their storms.
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