The Predictors: How a Band of Maverick Physicists Used Chaos Theory to Trade Their Way to a Fortune on Wall Street

Thomas A. Bass


The Predictors: How a Band of Maverick Physicists Used Chaos Theory to Trade Their Way to a Fortune on Wall Street

The Predictors: How a Band of Maverick Physicists Used Chaos Theory to Trade Their Way to a Fortune on Wall Street

  • Title: The Predictors: How a Band of Maverick Physicists Used Chaos Theory to Trade Their Way to a Fortune on Wall Street
  • Author: Thomas A. Bass
  • ISBN: 9780805057577
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback



Excerpted in The New Yorker and hailed by the business press, The Predictors is destined to become a classic of its generation an antic, subversive odyssey into a universe defined by the mystical convergence of physics and finance.How could a couple of rumpled physicists in sandals and Eat the Rich T shirts, piling computers into an adobe house in Santa Fe, hope to take oExcerpted in The New Yorker and hailed by the business press, The Predictors is destined to become a classic of its generation an antic, subversive odyssey into a universe defined by the mystical convergence of physics and finance.How could a couple of rumpled physicists in sandals and Eat the Rich T shirts, piling computers into an adobe house in Santa Fe, hope to take on the masters of the universe from Morgan Stanley Doyne Farmer and Norman Packard may never have read The Wall Street Journal, but they happen to be among the founders of the new sciences of chaos and complexity Who better to try to find order in the apparently unreasoned chaos of the global financial markets Thomas A Bass takes us inside their start up company, following it from its inception as a motley collection of longhaired Ph.D.s to its passage into the centers of financial power, where the predictors find investors and finally go live with real money The Predictors is a dizzying, often hilarious tale of genius and greed.


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I’m not one to judge a book by its cover, but the frontage of The Predictors somehow managed to encapsulate everything wrong with America’s perception of tech in the late nineties.It contains a nefarious Inspector-Gadget-looking type staring at a laptop with a screensaver of the Wall Street signpost. For good measure, the author transposed the holographic backdrops of at least a dozen of the original 150 Pokemon cards and decided that the design looked really cool.This is the main reason why [...]

An important contribution to the history and evolution of the financialization of the economy. An entertaining and enlightening book.

Imagine--a small group of physicists from UC Santa Cruz who once tried to break Vegas by modeling roulette, turning their attention to the markets on Wall Street. Can they model stock market trends using physics (or at least their physics way of doing things)? Will they prove that scientists are better than the good ol' boy trading jocks at making money? In this in-depth and exciting firsthand account of naïve Wall Street wannabes, Bass walks the reader carefully through the origins of the seem [...]

This book is in some sense an average of the simplistic character synopses of Patterson's Quants and the more in-depth (but still pop) mathematics of Mandlebrot's the Misbehavior of Markets. The main characters are interesting and help to tie the story together. The most interesting thing is the subtitle, which is just wrong. The subtitle is "How a band of maverick physicists used chaos theory to trade their way to a fortune on wall street." I will admit that it is about a band of physicists who [...]

This book fascinated and frustrated me. Smart people figuring out how to beat the market fascinated me. The lack of a rounding off or triumphant ending frustrated me - but I guess life is not always like that. Prediction Company does still exist, however, which I take as a sign that they've done extremely well. Bass's writing style is very engaging.

I enjoyed much of this book, even though at times I felt it rather dense and technical. I think if you've enjoyed books like "When Genius Failed" this is one you'll enjoy too.

Interesting and engaging narrative - however some more detail into their actual trading systems would have been good (although there are probably good reasons why they did not want to release them).Decent read, but would not say a must read.

Not very well written and jumped around often. Also had a lot in there that could have easily been removed. Short on the details I wanted to read. But a decent read nonetheless. Some thought provoking stuff in it.


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