Emanuel Derman

Emanuel Derman

Emanuel Derman is a former theoretical physicist and a figure in quantitative finance, having shifted from physics to a career on Wall Street. He is known for his work on financial models, particularly in valuing options and assessing volatility. Derman grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, completed his PhD in physics at Columbia University, and has written extensively, including his memoir 'My Life As A Quant'. Besides his professional contributions, he has also written various editions for 'Why is this interesting?' on diverse topics ranging from being foreign, volatility, to personal hobbies like watercolor painting.

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08 SEP 2020
My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance
My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance

A memoir by Emanuel Derman focusing on his journey from studying physics at Columbia University to his life in Manhattan, encapsulating his experiences and reflections on academia and finance.

09 JUL 2020
Nike Vaporfly Running Shoes
Nike Vaporfly Running Shoes

Fluorescent-pink running shoes, noted for their use by Eliud Kipchoge when he broke the world marathon record. They feature a carbon-fiber plate in the forefoot which supposedly propels the runner.

12 JUN 2020
Models.Behaving.Badly.: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life
Models.Behaving.Badly.: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life

The book is adapted from a chapter in Emanuel Derman's book, which explores the distinction between models and reality, particularly in the context of financial modeling and the consequences of confusing the model with reality.

Editions

13 FEB 2024
The Brain vs Heart Edition

On watercolors, perfectionism and paper stock.

18 JAN 2024
The Medium Edition

On watercolors, 4H, and learning

14 DEC 2023
The Spring 🐤 Edition

On age, time, and awareness

16 NOV 2022
The Volatility Edition

On finance, physics, and the models we use to understand the world

07 SEP 2022
The Atoms are Real Edition

On science, thermodynamics, and believing in things we can't see

30 JUN 2022
The Tetragrammaton Edition

On God, language, and knowledge

19 MAY 2022
The Anti-Sightseeing Edition

On cities, tourism, and getting to know a foreign place

04 MAR 2021
The Programming Edition

On learning, mathematica, and being a novice

08 SEP 2020
Why is this interesting? The Memoirs in Progress Edition

On memory, organization, and architecting the past

09 JUL 2020
Why is this interesting? - The Leveling Up Edition

On sports, competition, and the quest for perpetual enhancement

12 JUN 2020
22 MAY 2020
Why is this interesting? - The Volatility Edition

On finance, physics, and the models we use to understand the world

15 MAY 2020
Why is this interesting? - The E Pluribus Unum Edition

On David Hockney, vision, and the fracturing of space and time

08 MAY 2020
Why is this interesting? - The Being Foreign Edition

On consciousness, cities, and science

30 APR 2020
Why is this interesting? - The Japan Edition

On jetlag, the Hotel Okura, and liminal states

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