The Black-Scholes option pricing model established the everyday use of mathematical models as essential tools in the world of finance, both in the classroom and on the trading floor.
The model offers a methodology to predict the seemingly unpredictable by using the lessons of complex mathematics and probability theory to forecast stock valuations, making it possible to successfully manage risk in the financial market.
In less than thirty years it has changed the course of economic theory and financial practice.
The work of Robert Merton, Fischer Black and Myron Scholes is the culmination of a series of discoveries and theories spanning the twentieth century.
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From Louis Bachelier, an obscure French mathematician who wrote at the turn of the century, through the contributions of scholars such as Harry Markowitz, John Lintner, William Sharpe, Eugene Fama, Franco Modigliani, and Merton Miller, the quest to apply the lessons of probability theory to the stock market has been a key focus of twentieth-century American finance.
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