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The Predictors (Paperback)

Author:  Thomas A. Bass
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0805057579
ISBN-13: 9780805057577
Sku: 30598642
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  309
Age Range:  NA
 
Describes how two physicists, experts in the sciences of chaos and complexity, used theoretical physics to decipher the confusion of the global financial market and how they ultimately used the knowledge to amass a fortune. Reprint. 20,000 first printing. *Author: Bass, Thomas A. *Publication Date: 2000/11/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00
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Excerpted in The New Yorker and hailed by the business press, The Predictors is destined to become a classic of its generation-an antic, subversive odyssey into a universe defined by the mystical convergence of physics and finance.|How could a couple of rumpled physicists in sandals and Eat-the-Rich T-shirts, piling computers into an adobe house in Santa Fe, hope to take on the masters of the universe from Morgan Stanley? Doyne Farmer and Norman Packard may never have read The Wall Street Journal, but they happen to be among the founders of the new sciences of chaos and complexity. Who better to try to find order in the apparently unreasoned chaos of the global financial markets? Thomas A. Bass takes us inside their start-up company, following it from its inception as a motley collection of longhaired Ph.D.s to its passage into the centers of financial power, where "the predictors" find investors and finally go live with real money. The Predictors is a dizzying, often hilarious tale of genius and greed.Describes how two physicists, experts in the sciences of chaos and complexity, used theoretical physics to decipher the confusion of the global financial market and how they ultimately used the knowledge to amass a fortune. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
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This accessible business guide tells how two physicists predicted changes in global markets by applying the principles of chaos theory, and how investors can use these techniques to craft their own winning investment strategies.

Praise

Industry Standard
"THE PREDICTORS is a marvelously well-written chronicle of the struggle, over the course of six years, to create not only software up to the astounding task of predicting market movements throughout the trading day, but also a firm, the Prediction Company, that could sustain this herculean effort while maintaining its independence. The story is peopled by a cast of oddball geniuses and moves along like a thriller, except the author is smarter and writes better than most people who write thrillers." - Daniel Akst 12/06/1999

San Francisco Chronicle
"THE PREDICTORS is one of the best books ever written about commodities, currency and derivatives trading. But don't let that scare you off....But wisely centers the narrative on the personalities of those involved, making the book as much an adventure story as a depiction of the converging worlds of finance and technology." - David Lazarus 12/26/1999

Independent (London)
"Like many non-economists, Thomas Bass takes pot-shots at the efficient markets hypothesis under the false impression that it is intended as an absolute statement of fact. But, that gripe aside, he gives us a real flavor of two worlds: both manic markets and the anorakdom of science....This is a gripping tale on the human and intellectual level." - Diane Coyle 01/25/2000

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0309
Product attributePublisher:   Owl Books (NY)
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