David Orrell (Oxford, England) is an applied mathematician and author of popular science books. He studied mathematics at the University of Alberta, and obtained his Ph.D. from Oxford University on the prediction of nonlinear systems. His work in applied mathematics and complex systems research has since led him to diverse areas such as weather forecasting, economics, and cancer biology.
His books Apollo''s Arrow: The Science of Prediction and the Future of Everything (published in the US as The Future of Everything: The Science of Prediction), and The Other Side of the Coin: The Emerging Vision of Economics and Our Place in The World (Key Porter), have appeared on local and national bestseller lists in Canada. He has also authored or co-authored research papers for peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from systems biology (in Nature Genetics) to systems economics (International Journal of Forecasting), and is on the editorial board of Foresight magazine. His article Post-Pythagorean Economics, first published in 2006, is being reprinted in Adbusters magazine and their forthcoming manual on alternative economics.
Orrell has been a guest on national shows including Coast to Coast AM, NPR, BBC radio, and CBC TV, and his work has been featured in print media such as New Scientist, BBC Focus, and the Financial Times. He also gives keynote talks on the topic of prediction at conferences and events. See www.davidorrell.com for more information.
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