Number crunchers

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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24th April, 2013
What does physics have to do with finance? The science behind understanding complex, seemingly random systems such as atmospheric circulation can also be used to predict the movement of financial markets, says James Owen Weatherall in The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable. This is how physicists became some of the most successful money managers on Wall Street. Despite their apparent “wild randomness” and “underlying chaos”, financial markets sometimes behave in a “somewhat orderly” fashion, in much the same way that a bunch of seemingly ...

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