The Wrong Answer Faster: The Inside Story of Making the Machine that Trades Trillions
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Michael Goodkin, a successful gambler, failed investor, and mediocre student, was advised by his high school guidance counselor to become a plumber. Eight years later, in 1968 he combined his knack for gambling and lessons learned as a failed investor with the expertise of future Nobel laureate economists to found the company that introduced computerized trading to Wall Street. After seeing the world as a professional backgammon player, in 1996 he founded the software company that pioneered the application of computational physics to financial derivatives. A lecturer at forums including the University of Chicago and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Goodkin holds a JD from Northwestern University and an MBA from Columbia University. The author of Paper Gold, a bestselling novel of financial intrigue, he lives in Chicago.