The Physics of Wall Street

The Physics of Wall Street

A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable

Book - 2013
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A Harvard scholar argues that mathematical models can provide solutions to current economic challenges, explaining that the economic meltdown of 2008 was based on a misunderstanding of scientific models rather than on the models themselves.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547317274
Branch Call Number: 332.63 WEA 2013
Characteristics: 320


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Jan 27, 2017

Did I miss something here? It seemed to me this was a description abot how physicists have found employment in analyzing and predicting stock market trends using calculations based on chaos theory. A hedge fund made up of only physicists - no business grads. Now there's a new one. Being a physicist myself, I am always interested in employment opportunities but alas too late for me. But certainly a plausible discussion by the author about how physics of large systems can be applied to the stock market.

Oct 16, 2013

Once again, I must call out this author and his specious reframing of events, and in almost a criminal manner! The best way to prevent such another occurrence? Jail the super-crooks involved in the first occurrence, instead of still allowing them free rein! John Paulson, Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin, Athur Levitt, Timothy Geithner, Maurice Greenberg, Blythe Masters, Larry Summers, the super-rich who either employed and/or directed them, and so on and so forth!

johnf108 Mar 03, 2013

This is an excellent book in presenting the development of quantitative finance from Bachelier through Black-Scholes and to more recent work on different assumptions and ways of looking at data.
While not talking much about specific financial crisis, it does show why some happened and how how to watch for them.


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