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The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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I read Patterson's book awhile ago and enjoyed the combination of its pace and illuminating details. I do not work on Wall Street so the context of this foreign land with its exquisite creatures resembled something almost fictional. Unfortunately this strange world GAMB...
I read Patterson's book awhile ago and enjoyed the combination of its pace and illuminating details. I do not work on Wall Street so the context of this foreign land with its exquisite creatures resembled something almost fictional. Unfortunately this strange world GAMBLES with our retirements. After reading reviews here and elsewhere I have found an interesting reaction. Those with a vested interest (or simply want a cheap kindle version) have bashed the book with knee jerk that if nothing else shows it has struck a cord with those in the know.

Squelch is an obvious industry insider trying to limit the truth in the book

posted by Pentheus on March 5, 2010

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

INTERESTING BUT NOT THAT INTERESTING!!!!!

In so many words, there are so many other books that you could be reading about this sort of stuff. When I read this book, my first thought was that you could be reading something else that really had some meat to it. I am not a professional quant but I do have some tra...
In so many words, there are so many other books that you could be reading about this sort of stuff. When I read this book, my first thought was that you could be reading something else that really had some meat to it. I am not a professional quant but I do have some training in such affairs. The first thing that I thought when reading this is that I preferred the other book on quant mechanics and discrete physics applications to this book. It is called "The Manual of Quants" by John Henry Morel. It is way out in left field but it really packs a punch. It is almost otherworldly, like "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," but it has a flavor that really inspires, incites and cultivates true investigation of quantitative analysis from a holistic and intelligent perspective instead of from a purely exploitive wealth or hoarding perspective. It teaches us how to better investigate quantum physics as quants and not as animals or ignorant work slaves of the financial arena. We need to learn how to think outside of the box if we are going to change the world around us for the better and instead of collapsing financial markets we need to learn how to build them from the ground up based on true stochastic models, not sophomoric research hydraulics and investigative techniques. I highly recommend Morel's "The Manual of Quants" if you are going to ever make a name for yourself as a quant!! Switch over the other side and save your career like all the others: "THE MANUAL OF QUANTS"!!!!!

posted by Ken_Smith on February 23, 2010

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    INTERESTING BUT NOT THAT INTERESTING!!!!!

    In so many words, there are so many other books that you could be reading about this sort of stuff. When I read this book, my first thought was that you could be reading something else that really had some meat to it. I am not a professional quant but I do have some training in such affairs. The first thing that I thought when reading this is that I preferred the other book on quant mechanics and discrete physics applications to this book. It is called "The Manual of Quants" by John Henry Morel. It is way out in left field but it really packs a punch. It is almost otherworldly, like "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," but it has a flavor that really inspires, incites and cultivates true investigation of quantitative analysis from a holistic and intelligent perspective instead of from a purely exploitive wealth or hoarding perspective. It teaches us how to better investigate quantum physics as quants and not as animals or ignorant work slaves of the financial arena. We need to learn how to think outside of the box if we are going to change the world around us for the better and instead of collapsing financial markets we need to learn how to build them from the ground up based on true stochastic models, not sophomoric research hydraulics and investigative techniques. I highly recommend Morel's "The Manual of Quants" if you are going to ever make a name for yourself as a quant!! Switch over the other side and save your career like all the others: "THE MANUAL OF QUANTS"!!!!!

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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