The Quantum Pontiff

James Simons Retiring

James Simons, he of the Chern-Simons form, and also, of late, from the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies Corporation, is retiring. The infamous Medallion fund was up last year, apparently, only a mere 80 percent.

Quite a feat, turning

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into

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Comments

  1. #1 Steinn Sigurdsson
    October 9, 2009

    Mmm, cookies for Harvard faculty, again?

  2. #2 ijc
    October 9, 2009

    Step 1: Find a 3-form which when taken as the Lagrangian of a quantum gauge field leads to a generating functional that is a manifold invariant.

    Step 2: ???

    Step 3: Profit!

  3. #3 John Sidles
    October 10, 2009

    Geez folks … apply Bayesian logic for heavens sake … the probability is overwhelmingly high that most of the money to be made from algebraic geometry has not yet been made.

    Exercise: work out how it will be made. :)

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