The Resource The physics of Wall Street : a brief history of predicting the unpredictable, James Owen Weatherall

The physics of Wall Street : a brief history of predicting the unpredictable, James Owen Weatherall

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The physics of Wall Street : a brief history of predicting the unpredictable
Title
The physics of Wall Street
Title remainder
a brief history of predicting the unpredictable
Statement of responsibility
James Owen Weatherall
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
While many of the mathematicians and software engineers on Wall Street failed when their abstractions turned ugly in practice, a special breed of physicists has a much deeper history of revolutionizing finance. From fin-de-siècle Paris to Rat Pack-era Las Vegas, from wartime government labs to Yippie communes on the Pacific coast, Weatherall shows how physicists successfully brought their science to bear on some of the thorniest problems in economics, from options pricing to bubbles. The 2008 crisis was partly a failure of mathematical modeling, but even more, it was a failure of some very sophisticated financial institutions to think like physicists. Models--whether in science or finance--have limitations; they break down under certain conditions. And in 2008, sophisticated models fell into the hands of people who didn't understand their purpose, and didn't care. It was a catastrophic misuse of science. The solution, however, is not to give up on models; it's to make them better. Weatherall reveals the people and ideas on the cusp of a new era in finance. This book is riveting history that will change how we think about our economic future--From publisher description
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weatherall, James Owen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HG4910
LC item number
.W357 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Securities
  • Wall Street (New York, N.Y.)
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The physics of Wall Street : a brief history of predicting the unpredictable, James Owen Weatherall
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [250]-268) and index
Contents
Of quants and other demons -- Primordial seeds -- Swimming upstream -- From coastlines to cotton prices -- Beating the dealer -- Physics hits the street -- The prediction company -- Tyranny of the Dragon King -- A new Manhattan project -- Send physics, math, and money!
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 286 p.
Isbn
9780547317274
Lccn
2012017323
Other control number
40021729534
Other physical details
ill.
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  • 4093137-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4093137
  • (Sirsi) o772099444
  • (OCoLC)772099444
Label
The physics of Wall Street : a brief history of predicting the unpredictable, James Owen Weatherall
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [250]-268) and index
Contents
Of quants and other demons -- Primordial seeds -- Swimming upstream -- From coastlines to cotton prices -- Beating the dealer -- Physics hits the street -- The prediction company -- Tyranny of the Dragon King -- A new Manhattan project -- Send physics, math, and money!
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 286 p.
Isbn
9780547317274
Lccn
2012017323
Other control number
40021729534
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 4093137-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4093137
  • (Sirsi) o772099444
  • (OCoLC)772099444

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