David Orrell

David Orrell. Writer and Mathematician


I am a native of Edmonton, Canada, and studied mathematics at the University of Alberta. After several years working on the design of particle accelerator projects in the US, UK, France, and Canada, I returned to study mathematics at Oxford University. The topic of my doctoral thesis was predictability of nonlinear systems, with applications to weather forecasting. This research formed the basis for my first book, Apollo's Arrow.

I have since held jobs at University College London, the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, and the Oxford-based company Physiomics (where I now serve on the Scientific Advisory Board). I currently live in Toronto with my wife and children, where I run a mathematical consultancy, carry out research, and write books and articles on science and economics.

Finalist: Canadian Science Writers' Association award, for Apollo's Arrow (2007)
Finalist: National Business Book Award, for Economyths (2011)
Finalist: Canadian Science Writers' Association award, for Truth or Beauty (2012)

Systems Forecasting, Principal
Physiomics, Scientific Advisory Board
Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting, Editorial Board
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow (Feb 2011 to Feb 2012)

The Future of Everything

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The Sweeney Agency
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