Age of reason or age of procedure?

There have been significant advances in applied quantitative finance over the past decade. A generation of PhD graduates1 – who years earlier would have headed to Los Alamos, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) or other research institutions – have ‘delivered’ for Wall Street: for example, implementing fast accurate solutions of complex models in interest rate and credit derivatives, and developing algorithms to harness ever-increasing computer power. Indeed, the scope and soph

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