The Quants

  • von Scott Patterson
  • Sprecher: Mike Chamberlain
  • 14 Std. 10 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


In March 2006, the world's richest men sipped champagne in an opulent New York hotel. They were preparing to compete in a poker tournament with ­million-dollar stakes. At the card table that night was Peter Muller, who managed a fabulously successful hedge fund called PDT. With him was Ken Griffin, who was the tough-as-nails head of Citadel Investment Group. There, too, were Cliff Asness, the sharp-tongued, mercurial founder of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management, and Boaz Weinstein, chess "life master" and king of the credit-default swap.
Muller, Griffin, Asness, and Weinstein were among the best and brightest of a new breed, the quants. Over the past 20 years, this species of math whiz had usurped the testosterone-fueled, kill-or-be-killed risk takers who'd long been the alpha males of the world's largest casino. The quants believed that a cocktail of differential calculus, quantum physics, and advanced geometry held the key to reaping riches from the financial markets. And they helped create a digitized money-trading machine that could shift ­billions around the globe with the click of a mouse. Few realized that night, though, that in creating this extraordinary system, men like Muller, Griffin, Asness, and Weinstein had sown the seeds for history's greatest financial disaster.



"Scott Patterson has the ability to see things you and I don't notice. He does an admirable job of debunking the myths of black box traders and provides a very entertaining narrative in the process." (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York Times bestselling author of Fooled By Randomness and The Black Swan)


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The story on how gamblers cannot stop to continue to gamble after a streak of luck. The luck was their different mathematical view on the action on the stock market. Their unraveling was the fact that their view was not at all unique when more mathematical knowledge turned their eyes on the subject so that they had to journey into uncharted territory and ran into an abyss.

Good storytelling, however the focus on the "heroism" and "superintelligence" of the players involved is exagerated. The outcome of the story proofs that after all they were just human being like everybody of us. Maybe a bit more with less moral values. But if so, they would claim : "wir haben es nicht gewusst".
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- Marc Dierckx

An excellent book

Want to really know how wall street works especially on the quant side? Get this book and enjoy. A gripping listen.
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- Barry

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 02.02.2010
  • Verlag: Random House Audio