“Derman’s memoir of his transition from mathematical physicistto expert finance whiz at Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers readslike a novel, but tells a lot. Last week I was in a bookstore and ran across a new book by Emanuel Derman called My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance. In My Life as a Quant, Emanuel Derman relives his exciting journey as one of the first high-energy particle physicists to migrate to Wall Street.

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Reflections on Physics and Finance on your Kindle demran under a minute. October 8, at 6: I personally took it for granted and didn’t knew how the field and models got evolved.

If you’re not, probably boring. Page by page, Derman details his adventures in this field-analyzing the incompatible personas of traders and quants, and discussing the dissimilar nature of knowledge in physics and finance.

Overall, a good book, but boring. Feb 19, Muriel Fang rated it it was amazing.

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My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance

Table of contents Prologue: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Return to Book Page.

May 20, Renan Critelli rated it it was amazing. More generally, he analyzes three ways of understanding the behavior of the world: A very honest and balanced account of life in academia and industry that doesn’t glorify or damn either of them.

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Emanuel Derman born c. October 5, at 6: Derman was one of the heroes of risk management in the s, constantly pushing at the boundaries of what was possible, ddrman up with ever more sophisticated and ingenious structures.

Life as a graduate student. Anyone with a serious interestin finance and everyone who simply wants to enjoy a goodread. Full circle, back to Columbia.

May 17, Matt Heavner rated it really liked it. He also talks about his life as a graduate student in a department which was not well managed nor jy with its students’ career development, qunat all too common. He moved on to a higher paying but creatively stifling corporate job at Bell Labs where, though you had a doctorate, your supervisor might only have a masters degreewhere he often felt subservient and demeaned.

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My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance by Emanuel Derman

Lists with This Book. Who should read this book? He worked at Goldman from until except for one year at Salomon Brothers. The book also attempts to answer the questions, who is a quant and what does a quant do. The book surpassed my expectations.

Graduate school was a small community. His book elaborates on these ideas with examples from the theories of physics and philosophy, and the models of finance. Jy, I am happy to discover thatDerman has a third career: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Mostly this was about trying to buy low and sell high and is more gamesmanship than mathematics, although they needed mathematics in the early days to set the trading book up nowadays this is not a requirement as systems are better.