Pricing the Future

Finance, Physics, and the 300-Year Journey to the Black-Scholes Equation: A Story of Genius and Discovery

By George G. Szpiro
(Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465022489, 298pp.)

Publication Date: November 2011

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Options have been traded for hundreds of years, but investment decisions were based on gut feelings until the Nobel Prizewinning discovery of the Black-Scholes options pricing model in 1973 ushered in the era of the quants.” Wall Street would never be the same.

In Pricing the Future, financial economist George G. Szpiro tells the fascinating stories of the pioneers of mathematical finance who conducted the search for the elusive options pricing formula. From the broker’s assistant who published the first mathematical explanation of financial markets to Albert Einstein and other scientists who looked for a way to explain the movement of atoms and molecules, Pricing the Future retraces the historical and intellectual developments that ultimately led to the widespread use of mathematical models to drive investment strategies on Wall Street.

About the Author
George G. Szpiro, PhD, is a mathematician and journalist. He covers Israel and the Middle East for the Swiss daily newspaper "Neue Zurcher Zeitung," for which he also writes an award-winning monthly column on mathematics. His books include "Poincare's Prize: The Hundred-Year Quest to Solve One of Math's Greatest Puzzles" (Dutton).
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