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181. Understanding Health Policy by Thomas S. Bodenheimer, KevinGrumbach, Kevin Grumbach | |
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Book Description Already the number one text on health policy and rapidly becoming a classic, Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach 3E covers such fundamental topics as cost containment, health insurance, managed care, and physician and hospital payment. Extensive case histories, drawn from the authors' actual practice, bring to life important policy issues by pinpointing individual encounters within the healthcare system. New to this Edition
Please consider this important new edition for your course.Your students will gain an engaging text, that according to a review by the Journal of Health, Politics, Policy, and Law of the prior edition, "goes a long way toward helping readers understand how the health care system has worked in the past, how it is changing, and how it might work under different scenarios in the future." ... Read more Reviews (4)
Must Know Knowledge For MD's To Be
Get ahead in life
Difficult to find a better overview for students My reservation is similar to many books, e.g., by the time of publication much has changed. However, there is relevant material and with supplements this will remain a valuable resource.
Good resource book! |
182. Algebra for Dummies by Mary JaneSterling | |
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Book Description Algebra is a system of mathematical symbols and rules that are universally understood, no matter what the spoken language. Algebra provides a clear, methodical process that can be followed from beginning to end to solve complex problems. There's no doubt that algebra can be easy to some while extremely challenging to others. For those of you who are challenged by working with numbers, Algebra For Dummies can provide the help you need. This easy-to-understand reference not only explains algebra in terms you can understand, but it also gives you the necessary tools to solve complex problems. But rest assured, this book is not about memorizing a bunch of meaningless steps; you find out the whys behind algebra to increase your understanding of how algebra works. In Algebra For Dummies, you'll discover the following topics and more:
No matter if you're 16 years old or 60 years old; no matter if you're learning algebra for the first time or need a quick refresher course; no matter if you're cramming for an algebra test, helping your kid with his or her homework, or coming up with next year's company budget, Algebra For Dummies can give you the tools you need to succeed. ... Read more Reviews (7)
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"...another success for "dummies"..."
Going back to college...
A Lot of Text for a Little Mastery
Great Overview and easy to understand! |
183. Brief Calculus with Applications by Bill Armstrong, Don Davis | |
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Book Description This book, modern in its writing style as well as in its applications, contains numerous exercises—both skill oriented and applications—, real data problems, and a problem solving method. The book features exercises based on data form the World Wide Web, technology options for those who wish to use a graphing calculator, review boxes, strategic checkpoints, interactive activities, section summaries and projects, and chapter openers and reviews. For anyone who wants to see and understand how mathematics are used in everyday life. ... Read more |
184. Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems: Computing and Modeling, Third Edition by C. Henry Edwards, David E. Penney, Henry C. Edwards | |
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A Good Text, Typos Aside
Very Good Book The book is excellent. The explanations are clear. The example problems are not just "plug and play." The problems at the end of each section are not bad. I learned about oscillations and mechanical vibrations in physics and then learned about them from this book (3.4/3.6)...the difference was amazing. Their derivations made sense, and the characteristic polynomial technique they use is 1000 times simpler than the trial solution method that many introductory physics books on mechanics use. The book's only weak point is the discussion of stability and the phase plan in 6.1. They develop it through a bunch of examples instead of talking about the general theory behind it. But this is a minor problem.
Pretty good
One bad apple spoils the pair...
A good differential equations textbook |
185. Numerical Recipes in C++: The Art of Scientific Computing by William T. Vetterling, Brian P. Flannery | |
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Buy "Numerical Recipes in C" instead of this book! "Numerical Recipes in C" has all the same powerfull algorithms presented in a much clearer and simpler way. I purchased the "C++" version, and it was a mistake. At this point, I use the "C++" hardcopy for a refference only. I use the free online "C" version for code I can actually use. Don't buy this book! Buy "Numerical Recipes in C" instead!
Not as much as a step forward as the C version
Other Edition, but same C++hit
This book was a good idea twenty years ago. If you are a developer who just needs the recipe then these aren't the best algorithms to use. The Gnu Scientific Library is a much better place to start, the code is more modern.
Very good book But! There is book called "Numerical Recipes in C" that is basicly the same book, and it could be find at cornell university web pages for free So, DON'T BUY THE BOOK - you can find practically the same book for free at the web! ... Read more |
186. Basic Mathematical Skills with Geometry w/MathZone by DonaldHutchison, BarryBergman, StefanBaratto | |
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try doing the tests on MathZone |
187. The Golden Ratio : The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number by MARIO LIVIO | |
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Pursuing the Mysteries of the Ubiquitous Number Phi Then he describes the role of the Greek mathematicians Plato and Euclid, and the Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci in the history of phi, together with the geometrical and arithmetical wonders connected to this number. One example of the wonders is the relation between the Fibonacci sequence and phi. The Fibonacci sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, ... is defined as a series of numbers in which each term is the sum of the two preceding terms. The ratio of successive numbers of this sequence approaches phi as we go farther and farther down the sequence. Next come the topics of phi found in nature and used in arts. The logarithmic spiral, which goes hand in hand with the Golden Radio, appears in the sunflower, the flight of a falcon, galaxies, etc. The author's study of many historical attempts to disclose the Golden Ratio in various works of art, pieces of music and poetry comes to the conclusion that ... (I have to refrain from writing the ending of the "detective story"). In the final chapter Livio considers the question: What is the reason that mathematics and numerical constants like phi play such a central role in topics ranging from fundamental theories of the universe to the stock market? Noting that the discussion about this question can fill the entire volume, the author gives a brief (but very understandable) description of the modified Platonic view and the natural selection interpretation. He also presents his personal opinion, which adopts complementarity of the above two views. This chapter whets readers' appetite for a possible next book on this topic to be written by Livio. I strongly recommend "The Golden Ratio" to scientists, artists and laypersons that are interested in the wonders of numbers and mathematics and in their relations to arts and nature.
Golden Indeed! Writing about science in a way that is both knowledgeable and understandable for the common reader is an infamous hurdle, but Livio leaps over it with the greatest of ease, giving clear explanations of every potentially difficult matter and providing the scientific proofs in the appendices, for those more mathematically inclined. Overall, though, it is the great humanity of Livio's worldview that shines through the book and makes it, at least for me, one of the most memorable reads of the year.
A Difficult Mathematical Concept Revealed It is little wonder that such numbers as the Golden Ratio were considered magical. The never ending, never repeating number that cannot ever be expressed as a fraction has an uncanny tendency to show up in the oddest places, not only galactic structure and nautilus shells, but in plant parts and composition of paintings and music. Unfortunately magical numerology can lead to far-fetched relationships, as to the so-called number of the beast (666), and to academicism in art. Just because the Golden Ratio results in a pleasing relationship in a composition we are not tied to always measure art on how well it fits that ratio! Livio has illuminated the history of the Golden Ratio in such a way that much of the associated themes can be understood by the reasonably educated laymen. While some of the book can be tough sledding for most of us non-mathematicians, the gist is available to all with some effort. Read this book to learn about the history of interpretation and misinterpretation of mathematical concepts.
A great guide to an amazing number Livio explains the original formulation of this number by Euclid and proceeds to address the various times in history in which it may have been employed by architects, artists and musicians. I think this is a really good book if you're interested in reading about the most "irrational of all irrational numbers".
Mathematically Profound |
188. A-Z of Quantitative PCR (IUL Biotechnology, No. 5) | |
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189. Fundamentals of Biostatistics (with Data Disk) by Bernard Rosner | |
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Comprehensive introduction to biostatistics
well written introductory text Rosner tries to fill an important need and does a good job. He avoids heavy mathematics without turning the text into a cookbook. This is now the fourth edition. So many improvements have been made. I gave it 4 stars. It probably deserves 4 and 1/2 stars. ....
Check the local library then buy it! |
190. Experiencing Introductory and Intermediate Algebra (2nd Edition) by JoAnne Thomasson, Robert Pesut | |
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Wow! I didn't know algebra could be explained so easily |
191. Against the Gods : The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L.Bernstein | |
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No Risk here, The Odds areYou'll love it.
Long on history, but short on risk management strategy Instead, the author provides a broad sweeping history of how modern statistics evolved and which answers some questions of why it took so long for modern risk management institutions to emerge. Ancient Greeks, among others, who appeared to be within easy reach of developing statisical theory, nonetheless relegated their fate to the whims of gods, rather than making them amenable to analysis with probabilities and actuarial tables. Tracing modern risk management from the time of Jacob Bernoulli's attempt to develop probabilities from sample data, the author also shows how a knowledge of probabilities can ultimately generate value. QUOTE Reality is a series of conneceted events, each dependent on another, radically diffeent form games of chance in which the outcome of any single throw has zero influence on the outcome of the next throw UNQUOTE The book closes with risk management innovations that followed the emergence of financial volatlity in the 1970s. Ultimately, this book may be of less interest to statisticians and investment professionals, other than those who have a curious interest in how today's highly developed set of instruments, institutions, and policies around risk came about from the foundations provided in statistical theory.
History Buffs: Here you go!
Good outline of the history of risk The book does not pretend to be a "how to" guide for risk management, nor should readers treat it as such. Although the book does discuss modern risk management tools such as derivatives, it is devoid of complex technical analysis and its treatment of such devices is limited to outlining their place in the history of risk. Those looking for technical trading analysis should seek elsewhere. One of the key questions a potential reader of this book should be asking is "Does this book have any practical applications with regards to modern day risk management?" Whilst as mentioned above the book is not a step by step guide, I firmly believe the book is useful insofar as it enables the reader to avoid the pitfalls of the past. For example, capital markets are continually surprising those who hold an unwavering belief in "regression to the mean". The books provides an explanation of what this theory states, how it has been applied and where overzealous disciples have misused this principle in the past. Overall I would recommend this book as an informative and enjoyable read.
Neutral Recommendation - Do Not Buy - Maybe Borrow I read this book because it was recommended on "Money Talk" the national radio show on every weekend for 6 hours on investing - Bob Brinker hosting. He is an excellent market timer and gives solid advice. Follow his (diversified investment) advice and you will make lots of money and unlike mutual funds do better than the S&P 500 with low expense ratios. He had a recommended reading list and he named this book. The book is a disappointment. It is light weight stuff. Only part is on the markets. Frankly I cannot recommend the book. The point of the book is that the market carries risk. Most people know that and never put more than 4% in one stock. Even Bill Gates knows that and has quietly converted some of his Microsoft stock into other areas. So skip the book and just invest in government backed instruments or follow the golden rule, no more than 4% in one stock. Jack in Toronto ... Read more |
192. Discovering Statistics Using SPSS for Windows : Advanced Techniques for Beginners (Introducing Statistical Methods series) by Andy Field | |
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"An essential book of statistics"
Discovering Statistics using SPSS for Windows
This book saved my life
Discovering Statistics using SPSS for Windows No book can stop unscrupulous researchers from supporting their hypotheses by cherry picking favorable results from hundreds of analyses conducted. Well-intentioned students and researchers, however, can turn to Andy Field's book Discovering Statistics using SPSS for Windows for the statistical background and guidance needed to appropriately select, execute, and interpret results. Field's book bridges the gap between introductory/intermediate statistical textbook and software manual. This engaging, easy to read book leads the reader through: Following the review of statistical theory, each topic includes one or more exercises. Readers are guided step by step through each analysis from dummy coding data, through entering in the necessary SPSS commands, to interpreting SPSS output. An accompanying CD furnishes the data sets used in each exercise, allowing readers to work though each exercise and check results against the book. Through these exercises, Field shows how results can be misinterpreted without a thorough investigation of the data. Great pains are taken throughout the exercises to demonstrate the perils of blindly trusting SPSS output without understanding the theory and underlying statistical assumptions. From this review, it is obvious that I greatly enjoyed reading the book. I assume that this book is intended primarily for students and practitioners without an extensive background in statistics. However, I found this book to be beneficial in reviewing concepts studied in graduate school more than ten years ago. Field accomplishes the difficult task of simplifying complex topics into everyday language without talking down to his readers. This book is perfectly suited for the non-statistical expert looking for guidance with running analyses with SPSS.
Grad Student Must |
193. Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences by Dennis E. Hinkle, William Wiersma, Stephen G. Jurs | |
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Book Description This introductory text provides students with a conceptual understanding of basic statistical procedures, as well as the computational skills needed to complete them. The clear presentation, accessible language, and step-by-step instruction make it easy for students from a variety of social science disciplines to grasp the material. The scenarios presented in chapter exercises span the curriculum, from political science to marketing, so that students make a connection between their own area of interest and the study of statistics. Unique coverage focuses on concepts critical to understanding current statistical research such as power and sample size, multiple comparison tests, multiple regression, and analysis of covariance. Additional SPSS coverage throughout the text includes computer printouts and expanded discussion of their contents in interpreting the results of sample exercises. ... Read more |
194. Calculus: The Classic Edition by Earl W. Swokowski | |
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great, easy to read calc book
I was self taught with this book The first year I took first semester college calculus in an AP class. I was introduced to calculus through this book. Personally, I thought it was a very good textbook, especially compared to previous ones I had used. I got an A in the class and a 5 on the AP exam. Perhaps partly because of the teacher, but the book was essential. The next year I (effectively) had an independent study class for Calculus II (much harder class/concepts!) Once again, I used swakowski. I passed the exam again, this time with a 4 (5 subscore in Calc I). The merits of the book lie in it's concept as calculus as an accumulating course - everything builds up. First we learn the concept of limits, then derivitive, then area, and integrals, then series... and on and on to ifinity ;) Many of the practice exercises draw upon concepts learned much earlier. My favorite part of the book (and perhaps this is only me) was that it showed every derivation for all major theorems. I understood where the theorems and equations were coming from -I understood the concept behind it, rather than learning by rote, which is (shockingly) becoming more the norm (easier for teachers...?). For someone interested in mathematics, especially in the higher-level study, this book is ideal. Also nice: wide margins, extensive example problems, answers to odd problems in back, numbered theorems for reference in later chapters (easier to find!) Not so great: uses a lot of technical/"math" terms - good if serious about math, bad if just started/dabbling/unsure Also see if you can get a copy of the solutions manual. helpful to see the STEPS to solving the problem. nice. One more note. My teacher senior year used a new textbook geared entirely toward AP students (ie it took all of the thinking out of the math). I didn't like it. I preferred swakowski. It's a college textbook, so it's not easy. But it gets you thinking the right way. :)
swokowski's calculus
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195. Calculus: Early Transcendentals Single Variable (with CD-ROM) by James Stewart | |
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An inferior textbook, though popular. Stewart takes an inconsistent (sometimes rigorous, sometimes intuitive) approach toward teaching the calculus. It seems as if he has attempted to be all things to all people. Though he may have attempted to present the subject in both an intuitive (to motivate the typical student) and rigorous (to satisfy the professor) manner, he failed to deliver on either. The book is expensive and bloated. Though the "official" rendering of the page numbers is 781, there are approximately 130 other pages devoted to appendices (some as advertisements for other, i.e. ancillary, materials). Note, this text is intended for a 2 semester Calculus sequence. It seems inappropriate, perhaps fraudulent, that Stewart devoted 900+ expensive pages for his task, and yet failed to present the material in an interesting and efficient manner. Given his insistence upon this secondary material, I ask Stewart - did you ever intend for this book to be relatively self-contained for the serious first year scholar, or did you expect the professor or CD-ROM to fill in the gaps in your exposition? Some alternative texts: Simmons, Anton, Stein, Thomas/Finney. ... Read more |
196. Calculus With Analytic Geometry, Alternate by Ron Larson, Robert P. Hostetler, Bruce H. Edwards, Roland Larson | |
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Book Description This traditional text offers a balanced approach that combines the theoretical instruction of calculus with the best aspects of reform, including creative teaching and learning techniques such as the integration of technology, the use of real data, real-life applications, and mathematical models. The Calculus with Analytic Geometry Alternate, 6/e, offers a late approach to trigonometry for those instructors who wish to introduce it later in their courses. ... Read moreReviews (6)
Calculus Ain't Easy
A great book!
Absolutely Fantastic Textbook
I've used this book for CalcI,II,III.It's great!
The New Standard in Calculus Instruction Calculus is difficult to learn. No textbook can ever be"Calculus by Osmosis." "Larson/Hostetler" acknowlegesthis, and acknowledges at the same time the 21st century. The design ofthe book is spare, colorful and elegant, highlighted by computer-generatedillustrations, an average of one per page, of graceful volumetric formsrotated about their axes and simple, well constructed charts and diagrams.Students of today, used to media that demands nothing from them, willappreciate the designers' capitulations to their needs to have their eyesheld by color and shape, to be manipulated around a page by something morethan text. The book is more than instructionally sound. Its examplesillustrating each discrete concept, each clearly delineated and set apartin its own section, are the simplest available; they are standards. Butmore than that, its problem sets, though enormous, are broken up into thedifferent instructional approaches that they take. And these approaches areexhaustive. They examine calculus concepts from every possible angle,including possibly some that didn't exist prior to the publication of thisbook. This book is published at a time when many are debating thesurvival of the book. You are reading this review on the Internet, and areaware of the explosive ability of this medium to inform. The issue is notyet decided, and many would potentially exile the book to the status of anart form, like fencing. Larson and Hostetler hedge their bets, and haveproduced multimedia companions to this book ( or maybe just awebsite, I'mnot sure.) This reviewer has not seen these. Whatever the case, studentstoday still overwhelmingly use books in the classroom. This book is afitting bridge between the current state of affairs and whatever media ofinstruction are to come. It is the best available. ... Read more |
197. Basic Statistics : Tales of Distributions (with CD-ROM) by Chris Spatz | |
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A student-friendly book to help you succeed in statistics! The author's discussion of "Rationale of ANOVA" and "Hypothesis Testing" is excellent. Frequent use of algebraic explanation is joined with graphic explanations to help the reader visualize the author's points. "Work Problems" at the end of each chapter show imagination and creativity. The author seems to have a sincere desire to help the reader at every turn along their journey of statistical discovery. The author also seems to have privilege insight into the reader's mind. He anticipates what the reader is thinking, and serves up a helping of practical advice at the exact perfect moment. As a market-research practitioner, I found the book to be very refreshing and enjoyable to read. I read it on my summer vacation! My daughter purchased the book as the required text for her statistics class at UCLA. At the end of her class she had planned to sell the book back to the UCLA bookstore. After looking at the book for 60 seconds, I said to her "No, don't sell this book. This is great book. Keep it." To which she replied; "But Dad, I need the money. You can keep it if you pay me for it." To which I replied; "Haven't I paid for this book once already? If I pay you for it now, that would be the second time I bought the same book." ... Read more |
198. College Algebra: Graphs and Models with Graphing Calculator Manual (2nd Edition) by Marvin L. Bittinger, Judith A. Beecher, David Ellenbogen, Judith A Penna, Bittinger, Beecher, Ellenbogen, Penna | |
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Just for thoughts In my country American math books are way too expensive because I would strive to get a copy myself one day and I am very sure |
199. Elementary Algebra Early Graphing, Second Edition by Allen R. Angel | |
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Elementary Algebra |
200. Paul Wilmott on Quantitative Finance, 2 Volume Set by PaulWilmott | |
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Book Description Throughout the book's incredibly wide breadth, the author presents to the reader all current financial theories in a manner designed to make them easy to understand and implement. The reader will discover what the author thinks of certain theories, and where an existing concept is dismissed as impractical or unworkable it is always replaced with one of the author's own, alternative theories. Reviews of Derivatives: The Theory and Practice of Financial Engineering. "It is a serious work that takes the reader all the way from the simplest of notions to the most complicated of recent models. In short, it is the most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook on options that I have seen ... The style is jocular, but the content heavyweight. The aim is to use a mathematical approach at all times but to motivate the development of models with intuition and to use diagrams and spreadsheet solutions whenever possible. It sounds like an impossible mission. Whoever heard of a mathematician who could convey the intuition of a result to those with a less complete training in the subject? Wilmott is an exception: he knows when a result is hard to understand and treats the reader in a sympathetic manner. ... I cannot imagine any derivatives specialist in an investment bank who would not want to have the book available." The Times Higher Educational Supplement. "...this book has all the qualities necessary to attract impulse buyers expecting the novel which does for/to high finance what Malcolm Bradbury's 'The History Man' does for/to literary academia. ...What the reader gets is a text which will probably come to rank alongside Fabozzi's collected works of Leibowitz as a comprehensive practical reference source for finance theory." Futures and OTC World "Paul Wilmott has succeeded in simplifying the mathematics of financial engineering and he deserves praise for that. Unlike any other mathematical texts, the book uses a crisp and accessible language, relying on plain calculus and avoiding unnecessary formalism of topology and measure theory. It is rich in illustrations and graphs, making it easy for someone with limited maths to understand." --Risk Magazine. "Paul Wilmott has produced one of the most exciting and classic reference volumes on derivatives which is a must for both students, practitioners, risk managers and the misunderstood."-- Global Trading.Volume 1: This first volume of Paul Wilmott on Quantitative Finance incorporates Parts I-III of this two-volume, seven-part publication. This new book by Paul Wilmott is an extensively updated and expanded edition of the bestselling Derivatives: The Theory and Practice of Financial Engineering. The first third of this volume (introducing the classic financial and mathematical concepts) remains largely the same as in Derivatives, with the remaining two-thirds incorporating the majority of the updating and expansion, plus the addition of a number of completely new chapters, including: Technical methods for predicting market movement Utility theory Derivatives and stochastic control The exercise of American options at non-optimal times Stochastic volatility and mean-variance analysis Dividend modeling. The author has included numerous Bloomberg screen dumps to illustrate in real terms the points he raises, together with essential Visual Basic code, spreadsheet explanations of the models, the reproduction of termsheets and option classification tables. In addition to the practical orientation of his new publication the author himself also appears throughout the text - in cartoon form only, many readers will be relieved to hear - to personally highlight and explain the key sections and issues discussed. And if that wasn't enough, there is also a movie quiz hidden within the pages... Volume 2 This second volume of Paul Wilmott on Quantitative Finance incorporates Parts IV-VII of this two-volume publication. Throughout this volume, many of the chapters which also appeared in the first edition - Derivatives: The Theory and Practice of Financial Engineering - have been extensively expanded and updated and in addition there are 11 completely new chapters, including: Mortgage-backed securities Pricing and optimal hedging of derivatives Increased uses of non-probabilistic interest-rate models Valuing a firm and the risk of default An analysis of financial crashes The modeling of bonus compensation for traders Real options Energy derivatives. ... Read more Reviews (28)
Wilmott is now the quant to beat Interestingly, QF does not "replace" a bookshelf of quant books -- rather it nicely compliments many that you're likely to have such as Taleb, Neftci etc. As sales of QF increase, it is likely that readers will be less likely to buy a derivatives book that is over their head. Volume 1 covers 37 chapters of the equities/currency derivatives world, While Volume 2 covers the Fixed Income World, Risk Measurement , Miscellaneous Topics and Numerical Methods. Chapter 10 has an excellent and all too rare discussion of Probability Density Functions and First Exit Times, whilst Chapter 14 has an outstanding Trading Game invented by one of Paul Wilmott's former students. Chapters 16 through 21 cover the Path Dependent world while the balance of the chapters cover extensions to Black Scholes. Its in these sections that Wilmott delivers some surprising thoughts and insights into Stochastic Volatility Surfaces that are currently the rage. Throughout both volumes I continue to be astonished at how clear, concise and effective his explanations are. The icons are not annoying at all -- rather I found myself skimming the icons to find out what was required to be committed to memory in each section versus what was background. As obvious as it sounds, a glaring weakness in Derivatives texts is the inability of authors to elucidate what must be memorized as rote for the student to make further progress. Paul's easy to follow icons lay out a precise plan of study. I can't say enough about what a leap this is over competing texts. In Volume 2, Chapters 38 through 50 cover models that Wilmott likes as well as ones that he doesn't [again, a rather novel approach] Some surprises in Chapters 51 and 52 are an excellent overview of Portfolio Management and a survey of Robert Merton's Asset Allocation in Continuous Time. Sprinkle in outstanding chapters on Derivatives Fiascos, Real Options, Energy Derivatives and 5 chapters on Numerical Methods and an astonishing survey of Quantitative Finance is complete. Throughout the books Paul's practical use of Term Sheets and quick and dirty VB code and spreadsheet tricks [you just have to see his Excel shortcut for approximating the Normal distribution] leave the reader constantly wanting to rev ahead. To round out a tremendous effort, Wilmott also pays homage to authors that he's found helpful and he's generous with suggestions on further reading. This builds sorely needed confidence when attempting new material. The comparison with Richard Feynman is apt but misses an important detail...Feynman was not noted for turning out hordes of talented understudies. Paul Wilmott has turned out enough talented graduate students that maybe he will be a bona fide cult leader someday.
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Old Material Wilmott's financial IQ is only average, if this book is to be the evidence. It seems Wilmott isn't up on the latest techniques, or can't be bothered to research them. Stochastic calculus for example. Lack of real world practical examples demonstrates lack of knowledge of how financial instruments work in practice.
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