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

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

Scott Patterson

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In March of 2006, four of 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, but those numbers meant nothing to them. They were accustomed to risking billions. On that night in 2006, these four men and their cohorts were the new kings of Wall Street. Muller, Griffin, Asness, and Weinstein were among the best and brightest of a new breed, the quants. Over the prior twenty years, this species of math whiz--technocrats who make billions not with gut calls or fundamental analysis but with formulas and high-speed computers--had usurped the testosterone-fueled, kill-or-be-killed risk-takers who'd long been the alpha males the world's largest casino. The quants 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 unprecedented machine, men like Muller, Griffin, Asness and Weinstein had sowed the seeds for history's greatest financial disaster. Drawing on unprecedented access to these four number-crunching titans, The Quants tells the inside story of what they thought and felt in the days and weeks when they helplessly watched much of their net worth vaporize--and wondered just how their mind-bending formulas and genius-level IQ's had led them so wrong, so fast. With the immediacy of today's NASDAQ close and the timeless power of a Greek tragedy, The Quants is at once a masterpiece of explanatory journalism, a gripping tale of ambition and hubris, and an ominous warning about Wall Street's future.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mike Chamberlain

Length:

14h 14m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:45

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:42


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:24


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:28


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:23


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:18


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:27


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:27


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:38


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:47


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:06


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:40


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:03


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:03


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:27


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:50


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:47


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:28


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:59


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:45


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:09


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:53


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:36


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:29


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:56


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:25


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:38


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:59


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:09


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:09


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:02


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:15


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:41


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:33


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:24


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:35


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:46


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:41


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:12


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:22


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:13


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:58


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:05


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:49


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:17


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:25


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:36


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:09


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:51


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:18


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:51


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:13


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:54


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:15


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:55


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:28


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:28


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:29


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:29


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:05


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:45


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

00:34