February 23, 2014
New capital and liquidity rules will make banks marginally more resilient to losses and somewhat less susceptible to runs. (Commentary by Mark Buchanan | Illustration by Tim Lahan)

New capital and liquidity rules will make banks marginally more resilient to losses and somewhat less susceptible to runs. (Commentary by Mark Buchanan | Illustration by Tim Lahan)

March 25, 2013
Forces much like those that determine the weather also drive the most important and disruptive events in economics and finance. (Illustration by Jaci Kessler | Op-Ed by Mark Buchanan)

Forces much like those that determine the weather also drive the most important and disruptive events in economics and finance. (Illustration by Jaci Kessler | Op-Ed by Mark Buchanan)

March 25, 2013
The comparison of tectonic and market shocks goes far beyond metaphor and analogy. (Illustration by Jaci Kessler | Op-Ed by Mark Buchanan)

The comparison of tectonic and market shocks goes far beyond metaphor and analogy. (Illustration by Jaci Kessler | Op-Ed by Mark Buchanan)

March 25, 2013
Whether we’re thinking of forces affecting a pencil or the Dow Jones Industrial Average, we can expect something to remain near a stable equilibrium but to wander away from an unstable one. (Illustration by Jaci Kessler | OpEd by Mark Buchanan)

Whether we’re thinking of forces affecting a pencil or the Dow Jones Industrial Average, we can expect something to remain near a stable equilibrium but to wander away from an unstable one. (Illustration by Jaci Kessler | OpEd by Mark Buchanan)

January 07, 2013
Criminals are made, not born. Want to fight crime? Address economic inequality. (Illustration by Tim Lahan | Column by Mark Buchanan)

Criminals are made, not born. Want to fight crime? Address economic inequality. (Illustration by Tim LahanColumn by Mark Buchanan)

December 10, 2012
Banks wouldn’t be in such precarious condition, and so many homeowners wouldn’t be underwater, if leverage had not reached such extreme proportions before falling back again. (Illustration by Andrew Neyer | Column by Mark Buchanan)

Banks wouldn’t be in such precarious condition, and so many homeowners wouldn’t be underwater, if leverage had not reached such extreme proportions before falling back again. (Illustration by Andrew Neyer | Column by Mark Buchanan)

July 17, 2012
Complex financial systems are dangerously defying the rules of biology. Living cells show how to fix them. (Illustration by Jason Polan | Column by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View)

Complex financial systems are dangerously defying the rules of biology. Living cells show how to fix them. (Illustration by Jason Polan | Column by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View)

March 07, 2012
The reign of robots may be closer than you think. (Illustration by Rafaël Rozendaal | Column by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View)

The reign of robots may be closer than you think. (Illustration by Rafaël Rozendaal | Column by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View)

December 23, 2011
The discovery of the Higgs boson shows physicists’ love of metaphors. (Illustration by Serifcan Özcan | Column by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View)

The discovery of the Higgs boson shows physicists’ love of metaphors. (Illustration by Serifcan Özcan | Column by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View)

October 05, 2011
A physicist finds the flaws in high-speed trading. (Illustration by Serifcan Özcan | Column by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View)

A physicist finds the flaws in high-speed trading. (Illustration by Serifcan Özcan | Column by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View)

August 25, 2011
Efficiency is generally a good thing. We don’t want our car engines to waste fuel through internal friction or the heat from our furnaces to slip out the window. (Illustration by Serifcan Özcan | Column by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View)

Efficiency is generally a good thing. We don’t want our car engines to waste fuel through internal friction or the heat from our furnaces to slip out the window. (Illustration by Serifcan Özcan | Column by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View)