“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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This guy, it a I picked up this book at the library because it was suggested by Goodreads or Amazon I forget which as a book Dermah might like to read. Different endeavors require different de-grees of precision.

The Nikkei puts and exotic options. Published September 16th by Wiley first published The book surpassed my expectations.

Derman had to develop these models, and this was were the interest for the ex-physicist comes in, it is about the playing with ideas. Dec 01, Steve Gross rated it liked it.

Nowadays, the fortunes offirms and the stability of markets often rest on mathematicalmodels. Emannuel copy Wall Street is no longer the old-fashioned business it once was.

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Books by Emanuel Derman. In spite of his later eminence on The Street in the s and s, this is no crude Big Swinging Dick. A Sort of Life. Although it could have used some ax he did introduce some things and one doesn’t expect or desire a textbook so it was pretty good. He tells you about the plot of Humboldt’s Giftand expresses his admiration for Barfield’s History in English Words.


In corridors and elevators and on campus, I was soon running into Feinberg several times a day, always giving him a polite hello and a nice smile. One of memorable and off-color problems investigated in the book is how two swinging, heterosexual couples can safely use two condoms.

Models in physics deal with objective variables; models in finance deal with subjective ones. October 4, at Can they do the same for finance?

My Life as a Quant : Reflections on Physics and Finance

Reflections on physics and finance Second ed. Page by page, Derman details his adventures in this field–analyzing lufe incompatible personas of traders and quants, and discussing the dissimilar nature of knowledge in physics and finance.

Electrons must move according to the principles of quantum electrodynamics? Between and he did research in theoretical particle physics at the University of Pennsylvaniathe University of OxfordRockefeller University and the University emnuel Colorado at Boulder.

Although, I guess the nature of options and derivatives isn’t technical to the average quant. A glossary with derma brief financial The first man puts on two condoms, one over the other, and then sleeps with the first woman.

If you did physics grad school and are interested in finance as a hobby or a careerthis is highly recommended. I didn’t understand much of what he did as a quant, but it was nonetheless interesting to me.

There is no logical path to these laws; mj intuition, resting on sympathetic understanding of experience, can reach them. Life as a graduate student. The history of options theory. Derman was charged with developing the famous Black-Scholes option pricing model so it could be applied to bonds, an lif task in the more volatile markets of the post oil shock world.

William Mckibbin Limited preview – But Derman got in at the ground floor of financial engineering, or quantitative finance, and spent two decades exploring the almost infinite potential and complexity of derivative products and sophisticated risk management. An interesting look at financial engineering from a former theoretical physicist who has made a career on Wall street. Later, he obsesses over leaving pure physics to do applied research at Bell Laboratories.


When the headhunter’s call finally took him to Goldman Sachs’s financial strategies group lufe Decemberit came as an immense relief. Refresh and try again.

My Life as a Quant

A good life, but Some people have said that the ending part was rather lackluster, I agree, but I don’t really judge on that. A Sentimental Education Oxford’s civilized charms. Der,an 17, Dafne rated it it was amazing.

The part when he had to live apart from his wife and new-born son was indeed saddening as well.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Columbia University University of Cape Town. Laughter in the Dark. Added to Your Shopping Cart. Derman’s portrait of how the academicsbrought their new financial science to the world of business andhis descriptions of the late and extraordinary genius Fischer Blackwho became his mentor, reveal a surprising humanity where it mightbe least expected.

Nothing beats working closely with traders. InDerman and Michael Miller published a textbook titled The Volatility Smilea textbook about the principles of financial modeling, option valuation, and the variety of models that can account for the Volatility Smile.