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NY Times: They Tried to Outsmart Wall Street

posted on 13 March 2009

They are known as "quants" because they do quantitative finance. Seduced by a vision of mathematical elegance underlying some of the messiest of human activities, they apply skills they once hoped to use to untangle string theory or the nervous system to making money.

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