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

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Pricing the Future
Finance, Physics, and the 300-year Journey
to the Black-Scholes Equation

A STORY OF GENIUS AND DISCOVERY

George G. Szpiro

BASIC BOOKS
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New York

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xi
  • One - Flowers and Spices 1
  • Two - In the Beginning 21
  • Three - From Rags to Riches 37
  • Four - The Banker’s Secretary 55
  • Five - The Spurned Professor 73
  • Six - Botany, Physics, and Chemistry 81
  • Seven - Disco Dancers and Strobe Lights 109
  • Eight - The Overlooked Thesis 125
  • Nine - Another Pioneer 137
  • Ten - Measuring the Immeasurable 143
  • Eleven - Accounting for Randomness 161
  • Twelve - The Sealed Envelope 169
  • Thirteen - The Utility of Logarithms 181
  • Fourteen - The Nobelists 195
  • Fifteen - The Three Musketeers 211
  • Sixteen - The Higher They Climb … 229
  • Seventeen - … The Harder They Fall 241
  • Eighteen - The Long Tail 255
  • Appendix 259
  • Notes 263
  • Bibliography 277
  • Index 283
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