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Barbara

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Plano, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Owen Weatherall
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    After the economic meltdown of 2008, Warren Buffett famously warned, "beware of geeks bearing formulas." But as James Weatherall demonstrates, not all geeks are created equal. While many of the mathematicians and software engineers on Wall Street failed when their abstractions turned ugly in practice, a special breed of physicists has a much deeper history of revolutionizing finance.

    PHIL says: "Key personalities, sketches of ideas"
    "The Heroic Journey of Ideas"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just read "The Physics of Wall Street". Actually I listened to an Audible version of it and it was such a delightful and even inspirational surprise. Don't let the title throw you off!! Words like "Physics" and "Wall Street" can trigger dyspepsia, so it would be understandable to just walk past his book, but DON'T because it is actually about the heroic journey of an idea that started generations ago and has been guided by a lot of obscure men.

    So, everyone knows that physicists and mathematicians are smart, but this books tells story after story about how "the conventional wisdom guys" have actually overlooked brilliant ideas and totally misunderstood people who were ahead of their time because they came at problems from an unconventional point of view.

    Author, James Owen Wetherall is a physicist with a storyteller's soul. He strings together stories of under-appreciated and disrespected men who solved problems that the "conventional wiseguys" couldn't appreciate at the time....it took years, even generations for some of these obscure ideas to get recognition and acceptance. What a refreshing way to learn about the science of predicting investment trends, stock prices, and getting a look at the human underbelly of the investment industry.

    Those of us who obsessively collect eclectic skills and knowledge in order to tinker inside our minds to see if ideas from one sphere of life can apply to another, will be inspired and gratified by these stories.


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  • Taim Bilong Masta: The Australian Involvement with Papua New Guina

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Bowden
    • Narrated By Tim Bowden
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In 1979, the idea of an oral history based project on the administration of Papua New Guinea germinated at the ABC, driven by Tim Bowden and Daniel Connell. This massive undertaking involved the recording of 350 hours of tape recorded interviews with Australians and Papua New Guineans who had been involved with Australia's colonial administration which ended with self government and independence in 1975.

    Barbara says: "Remarkable First-Person Accounts of PNG History"
    "Remarkable First-Person Accounts of PNG History"
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    What did you love best about Taim Bilong Masta?

    Wonderful first-person recollections from Papuan and Australian men and women who participated in Australia's settlement of PNG from before WWI to WWII. Amazing "Indiana Jones" types who grappled with the tropical jungle, isolated tribes, Germans, British bureaucrats....etc.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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