Fantastic Stochastic Art by Nelson Saiers
Inspired by economic history, exotic options trades and skitzo market behavior, Nelson Saiers makes metaphysical-visual cauldrons that will leave you thunderstruck.
How do you quantify the spherical mass of a black hole? How do you measure the motion of individual particles at the subatomic level? What is the best way to think about risk and reward when constructing a portfolio of stocks, bonds, currencies and derivatives? In short, how do you mathematically represent and visualize our tangled and turbulent world?
The answer lies in the fascinating ways mathematicians use geometry and topology to study and understand the shape of nature, whether options trading, computational finance, DNA entanglements, or quantum fields.
Complex, captivating and undeniably cool, the study of the shape of nature — a branch of mathematics known as algebraic topology (sometimes called ‘homotopy’) — lies at the forefront of current research in both mathematics and finance. What’s more: it’s provided us with previously unimaginable scientific and technological advances, including our ability to predict wind currents and turbulence, develop AI programs to forecast exchange rates, and model machine learning outcomes and algos that evolve and learn by themselves.
Enter Nelson Saiers, a math geek-turned-hedge fund manager-turned-painter, who depicts killer conceptual works around the topics of algo trading, financial collapses, C# code and high level numerical abstractions. Nelson has a PhD in algebraic topology, and has spent decades thinking about market mutations and freaky volatility regimes as a prop trader and quant analyst. He makes compositions inspired by the Poincaré conjecture, multi-dimensional origami structures, manifolds, Klein bottles, Möbius bands and quadratic programming — all favorite topics at VIVISXN.
Nelson quit his $600 million quant gig to explore art and painting à la Jackson Pollock and other chaotic paint-slingers who portray the underlying nature and structure of reality. He’s even been called ‘The Warhol of Wall Street’ for his work depicting recent market wobbles, manias and booms like the ‘quant quake’ of 2007 and various flash crashes that even the pros are still wrestling with. VIVISXN really loves his stuff. Peep it below and check out his ideas here.
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