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James Owen Weatherall, University of California, Irvine
Wed, Feb 1 7:00 PM (90 min)
Twenty-first century finance is built on complex mathematical tools developed by “quants,” a different breed of investor with expertise in fields such as physics, mathematics, and computer science. These models have been the basis for both new trading strategies and new financial products, leading to untold wealth. In some cases, however, these models have done more damage than good, making markets less stable and introducing new systemic risk. In this talk, I will tell the story of how in the aftermath of World War II, some innovative physicists and mathematicians saw surprising connections between physics, gambling, and finance, and put those connections to use to become the first quants. I will introduce some of the ideas behind modern quantitative trading and show how the history of mathematical reasoning in finance reveals that these models can be extremely useful-but only if we understand their limitations.
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Christian Tetzlaff, violin and Lars Vogt, piano
Mon, Feb 13 7:30 PM (120 min)
Back by popular demand! Acclaimed world violinist, Christian Tetzlaff’s solo performance several years ago completely entranced our audience and left us wanting for more. Knowing how busy his schedule is, Perimeter immediately took the initiative to book him again, but this time with long-time collaborator pianist Lars Vogt.
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David Fray, piano
Tue, May 9 7:30 PM (120 min)
After being named “Newcomer of the Year” in 2008 by the BBC Music Magazine, French pianist David Fray has embarked on an active career as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician worldwide. Described as “perhaps the most inspired, certainly the most original Bach player of his generation,” with his natural elegance and exquisite musicality, Fray’s performance and skill must be experienced. Please join us for this exciting evening.
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