Re: Who is Max Cohen?
From FabianMarconi (email@example.com)
Organization MIT Media Lab
Date Thu, 26 Mar 1998 07:54:46 -0500
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>> Does anyone know anything about Maximillian Cohen?
I heard he is trying to crack the stock market, and may have crashed the
DOW JONES mainframe at the beginning of the big Asian crash...any gossip?
F Marconi on:
Ah, yes. Max Cohen is a real living legend in computer science, the renegade
number theory genius who dropped out of Columbia ten years ago and
has built a big homemade supercomputer in his apartment in NY Chinatown.
His mission is to predict movements in the NY Stock Exchange.
Cohen believes that any system complex
enough to be "chaos" must have a natural order within it, and that
this order can be cracked by number theory. I've heard he is getting close.
His senior thesis, in which he proposed the idea, was published by
Horizon and became a sort of collector's item and running joke among
Wall Street types. But last year, a stockbroker at Lancet-Percy somehow got
hold of some of Cohen's stock picks and played the market with them...just
before the big Asian downturn last year. Butterfly effect? You decide.
Cohen is also supposed to be a migraine sufferer, and very shy. Some
people say he is really crazy. I guess time
will tell if he's a genius or just another obsessed dropout.
If anyone knows more about Max Cohen or his work, tho, please let me know.
Last known photo of Cohen, at 17, the year he published his PhD:
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>>Who is Max Cohen?