Robert Harris’s new thriller, The Fear Index, delves into the world of hedge funds and high finance, with particular emphasis on the quants—the wizards and Ph.D.s who put together the algorithms and magic formulas that spark massive profit. Harris sat down with Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s editor in chief, Tina Brown, to talk about the book, the geniuses, and getting stiffed with the bill at dinner.
Robert Harris on Rogue Hedge Funds
What Is a Fear Index?
What Is a Quant?
Who Inspired Alex Hoffman?
Do Quants Feel Guilt?