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The coverage is broad and most essential topics in actuarial modelling are covered. Yet, in many instances it lacks imagination: it can become too obsessed with formulas and number crunching rather than concentrate on conveying the intuition behind the formulas.
Another problem with dealing solely with the mathematical models behind insurance is that one could read the entire book and still not have a clue behind some of the most relevant real world insurance problems e. One would very likely have to read other materials to cover the economics behind insurance.
A comprehensive mathematical treatment of life contingencies By A. There exist study manuals that are better suited for the purpose of passing the exam. The true purpose of this text is to supply a comprehensive and rigorous mathematical treatment of life contingencies, including topics that are not tested on the exam. Can you use it to study for the exam? Is it especially time-efficient to do so? For most candidates, probably not.
But if you do use it, and you have the mathematical background and computational skill to work through the exercises which sometimes greatly exceed the difficulty of any question you would be expected to encounter on the exam , then you are virtually guaranteed to not only pass, but to do extremely well.
This is precisely because the authors approach the subject from its mathematical foundations, and do not waste effort trying to dumb it down nor give results without proof. If you have a firm grasp of probability theory, interest theory, and calculus, you will appreciate this book for its depth and rigor, and will admire the subject for its mathematical beauty and applicability.
If you are just looking to pass the exam, then you will fail to appreciate what this text offers. Nothing could be more relevant than that. The authors really have shown a special power of communication, making its reading stimulant. A Must-Read! A Customer on Jun 16, I have never picked up any writ or manuscript that captivated me as much as Bowers and his eloquent text!
Without a doubt, this is the feel-good book of the summer! Words can not begin to describe the thoroughness of his explanations, the detail in each computation, and the fluidity with which the lessons flow! The authors need to learn how to write properly. The whole book is like the draft copy of some useless mathematical formulas that the authors pulled out of their you know what.
The title says it all. However, if this is what you like, this is the book for you. And it is even sort of understandable. The way the authors led you through example problems, teasing you a little, building excitement, and then No complains By Manchocol on Sep 17, The book arrived on time, almost new, no major signals of having been used.
I will consider this vendor in future. Definetively recommended. They were in great condition. I want to thank them for everything. Otherwise a great value. By Xinqi on Jul 22, Very well condition, clean and well-protected. Thank you!!! One of the best in actuarial science. The book that I ordered was in perfect status. Bowers , Hans U. Gerber , James C. This particular edition is in a Hardcover format. It was published by Society of Actuaries and has a total of pages in the book.
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The coverage is broad and most essential topics in actuarial modelling are covered. Yet, in many instances it lacks imagination: it can become too obsessed with formulas and number crunching rather than concentrate on conveying the intuition behind the formulas. Another problem with dealing solely with the mathematical models behind insurance is that one could read the entire book and still not have a clue behind some of the most relevant real world insurance problems e. One would very likely have to read other materials to cover the economics behind insurance.
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