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The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable - Markets Media
By James Owen Weatherall. He holds graduate degrees from Harvard, the Stevens Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Irvine, where is presently an assistant professor of logic and philosophy of science.
He has written for Slate and Scientific American. Praise For… "Fascinating history Happily, the author has a gift for making complex concepts clear to lay readers. An enjoyable debut appropriate for both specialists and general readers. This is a book anyone concerned with the unforeseen consequences of financial innovations will want to read. Even those of us who are unconvinced physics has played an important role in finance will be carried along and learn from this engaging book.
Stigler, Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor of Statistics, University of Chicago "James Weatherall channels the sheer intellectual excitement of unlocking the secrets of nature, whether they relate to fundamental particles or financial markets.
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The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable (a review)
Bachelier was dismissed as a fringe figure in his lifetime, only to be rediscovered and championed years later by economist Paul Samuelson. Others trained in physics, including Maury Osborne of the U.
Naval Research Lab, and Benoit Mandelbrot, who studied cotton markets, further refined the idea that markets can be understood in terms of a random walk. In a series of bright portraits, Weatherall describes the many subsequent figures who spurred the further evolution of financial modeling, including Edward Thorp, who developed a winning system for blackjack in s Las Vegas and went on to invent the modern hedge fund; party-going wild man and Bell Labs scientist John Kelly Jr.
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Email Address. An enjoyable debut appropriate for both specialists and general readers. Review Posted Online: Oct.