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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Business (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847940587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847940582
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beware of geeks bearing formulas" (Warren Buffett)

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How mathematical geniuses brought Wall Street to its knees

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By F. Rizo on 11 Jun. 2010
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"The Quants" attempts a style similar to Michael Lewis's far superior "The Big Short" but Patterson isn't up to it. He lays clichés down as thick as he can and never really finds a way of organizing his characters and their stories. The book is a big jumble, and the explanations of the various investment vehicles are often vague and self-contradictory.

Neither an enjoyable nor enlightening read.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Justice Peace on 1 Jun. 2010
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Amazingly I am the first person to review this book. It's also the first book I've ordered in advance. I will admit that I am only quarter way through it but so far it is fascinating.
The Quants is up to the Michael Lewis gold standard of Wall Street books. Scott Patterson tracks the mathematical geniuses (or genii) known as the Quants.
These guys have transformed Wall Street making themselves billionaires and making the markets potentially more dangerous than the infamously volatile, planet-threatening, Krakatao volcano!
I think 'The Quants' could be the book on Wall Street I have been waiting for.

UPDATE: I gave this 5 stars after I'd read the first 50 pages. It was a great start, full of information and great characters, but sadly it runs out of steam.
It had the makings of a great book but by page 100 it is referring to Lewis's Liar's Poker and basically retelling what Michael Lewis told us ten years ago.
What is the point of that?
Really this book is an article on THE QUANTS stretched out to novel size by using other people's material and retelling the credit crunch etc.
JP :)
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Morten Pedersen on 6 Jun. 2010
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Starting with an impressive backtrack all the way to the legendary traders who broke Las Vegas, and connecting these with their roles in the subprime destruction of the capital markets, this is one of the best books on the current crisis I've yet found.

The book then, in its final third, continues with a day-to-day account of when their mathematical equations self-destructed.

The one thing that leaves me longing after reading this book is - how. Its record here is very shallow, only establishing that scouring for arbitrage between the different asset markets (equities, options, bonds, forex), they exploit pricing inconsistencies to their advantage. And that is it. A bit more information here would have been good.

But otherwise an excellent work, well recommended.
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