The Fear Index
At the nexus of high finance and sophisticated computer programming, a terrifying future may be unfolding even now. Dr. Alex Hoffmann's name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form... show more
At the nexus of high finance and sophisticated computer programming, a terrifying future may be unfolding even now. Dr. Alex Hoffmann's name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts, with increasing desperation, to discover who is trying to destroy him. Fiendishly smart and suspenseful, "The Fear Index" gives us a searing glimpse into an all-too-recognizable world of greed and panic. It is a novel that forces us to confront the question of what it means to be human--and it is Robert Harris's most spellbinding and audacious novel to date.
Publish date: January 31st 2012
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
The owner of a big hedgefund company, Alex Hoffman, physicist and inventor of an algorithm that could revolutionize trading, is attacked one evening in his home in Geneva. After getting checked at hospital which got him the recommendation to visit his neurologist with the headscans that were taken, ...
3.5 EstrellasRESEÑA COMPLETA EN ATRAPADO EN LA LECTURANo es un mal libro, de hecho es bastante bueno. "¿Porque le bajaste tanto las estrellas si es tan bueno?"...Tampoco es que lo super quemé al libro, le dí 3.5! El tema se reduce al siguiente: es un libro que trata mucho de economía, pero el autor ...
A terrifying first chapter! Develops into a fast paced financial thriller that catalogues events over a 24 hour period in Geneva. The two main characters are quite strong, but the others less so. A good holiday read"
Would call this a page turner if I hadn't read it on a Kindle. A cover to cover, don't put it down thriller. A lot of fun!
Update: 8/3/2012 This article related to an automatic trading algorithm run a-muck is pertinent to this book. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/08/02/trying-to-be-nimble-knight-capital-stumbles/ A larger question is whether this kind of trading benefits capitalism, in the sense it helps supply cap...