Mark  Buchanan

Mark Buchanan

in Cleveland, Ohio, The United States
October 31, 1969



A physicist and author based in Europe writing mostly about science - physics, mathematics, social science and biology.

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I haven't posted here for quite some time now and I presume everyone has gone away to browse in more frequently updated pastures. But I wanted to alert everyone to a new blog I've just started: The Physics of Finance. I touched on the self-organizing dynamics of financial markets a little in The Social Atom -- and had an Op-Ed on the topic in the New York Times a couple years ago -- but this is... Read more of this blog post »
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Nexus: Small Worlds and the...

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Ubiquity: Why Catastrophes ...

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الذرة الاجتماعية: لماذا يزد...

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Forecast: What Extreme Weat...

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“Many of us are confessional giants but ethical midgets.”
Mark Buchanan, The Holy Wild: Trusting in the Character of God

“Economics is a discipline for quiet times. The profession, it turns out, … has no grip on understanding how the abnormal grows out of the normal and what happens next, its practitioners like weather forecasters who don’t understand storms. —Will Hutton, journalist The Observer, London”
Mark Buchanan, Forecast: What Physics, Meteorology, and the Natural Sciences Can Teach Us About Economics

“Since the proper test of a theory is not the realism of its assumptions but the acceptability of its implications, and since these assumptions imply equilibrium conditions which form a major part of classical financial doctrine, it is far from clear that this formulation should be rejected—especially in view of the dearth of alternative models leading to similar results.”
Mark Buchanan, Forecast: What Extreme Weather Can Teach Us About Economics

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