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Reliving the Life of Louis Bachelier

Philibert Foumthim Kongtcheu

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ISBN 10: 1517738849 / ISBN 13: 9781517738846
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015
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Title: Reliving the Life of Louis Bachelier

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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This book reproduces a thesis submitted by the author as a final requirement for the ALM degree in Literature and Creative Writing at the Extension School at Harvard University. It is made up of two parts: a critical essay and an original epic length screenplay The screenplay brings to a contemporary audience the life of Louis Bachelier (1870-1946), the first mathematician (French) to use modern mathematics to describe the behavior of financial markets. It lets unfold the prejudices and struggles he had to overcome, as viewed in our time by a young black mathematician of African origin named K., starting in grad school in Paris in the mid-90s, and then on to Wall Street, as a proponent of a new theory of decision making based on a proto-probabilistic concept called BICs (Basis Instruments Contracts) that he has invented. It spans Bachelier’s life from the death of his parents to his famous thesis in 1900, to the dramas of the Dreyfus affair in France, WW I, up to the death of his ephemeral spouse, and the climactic denial of tenure to him in 1926. The narrative unfolds as K. himself experience similar struggles and prejudices in modern times which lead him from Wall Street to inner city life in Newark, NJ, and then to Beijing China, and back to New York. The intertwined narratives unfold in at least four languages – English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Ghomala – serving as a clinical and scientific examination of the various dimensions of prejudice, language, deriving analytical insights that bind persuasion, risk, prejudice, rewards and punishments in the decision making process. It also features two heart wrenching love stories that grip hearts and reveal characters of great humanity. This is a universal story of the travails of the misunderstood and unappreciated underdog, who nonetheless keeps on soldiering to usher in a better world.

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