《The Man Who Solved The Market》中文版翻译连载51

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《The Man Who Solved The Market》中文版翻译连载51

The MAn Who Solved The Market (51)

As Simons and his tEAm struggled to find a new direction and deal with Straus’s departure, he didn’t get much sympathy from his old friends in mathematics. They still didn’t get why he was devoting so much time and energy to financial markets; all they saw was a generational talent wasting his time on frIVolity. One weekend afternoon after Simons left Stony Brook, Dennis Sullivan, a well-known topologist at Stony Brook, visited Simons at home, watching as he organized a birthday party for his son, Nathaniel, Simons’s third child with Barbara. As Simons handed out water guns and participated in the ensuing high jinks, Sullivan rolled his eyes.


“It annoyed me,” Sullivan says. “Math is sACred, and Jim was a serious mathematician who could solve the hardest problems … I was disappointed in his choices.”


Other times, Simons was seen joking around with Nicholas, his first child with Marilyn, who was outgoing like his father and shared his sometimes-mischievous sense of humor.


Sullivan’s perspective slowly changed as he grew closer with Simons, spending time at his home and witnessing Simons’s devotion to his aging parents, who frequently visited from Boston. Sullivan gained an appreciation for the attention Simons gave to his children, especially Paul, who continued to battle his birth disorder. At seventeen, Paul had suffered an epileptic seizure, and he subsequently began taking medication that eliminated future attacks.


Jim and Barbara saw signs of emerging self-confidence in their son. All his life, Paul worked to strengthen his body, doing a serious of pull-ups and push-ups almost every day, while also becoming an accomplished skier and endurance bicycle rider. A free spirit, Paul demonstrated little interest in mathematics or trADIng. As an adult, he hiked, skied, played with his dog, Avalon, and developed a close relationship with a local young woman. Paul especially enjoyed cycling through tranquil, dormant land near Mill Pond in Stony Brook, spending hours at a time on his favorite bike route.


In September 1996, after turning thirty-four years old, Paul donned a jersey and shorts, hopped one his world-class bicycle, and set off on a fast ride through Old Field Road in Setauket, near his boyhood home. Out of nowhere, an elderly woman backed her car out of the driveway, unaware the young man was riding past. She hit Paul, crushing and killing him instantly, a random and tragic aCCIdent. Several days later, the woman, traumatized by the experience, had a heart attack and died.


Jim and Barbara were devastated. For weeks afterward, Simons was a shell of himself.


Simons leaned on his family for support, withdrawing from work and other activities. Colleagues didn’t know how Simons would cope with his pain, or how long it would last.


“You never get over it,” Barbara says. “You just learn to deal with it.”


When Simons eventually returned to work, his friends sensed he needed a distraction. Simons refocused on his team’s disappointing efforts to master stock trading, his last chance to build his firm into a power.


For a while, it seemed Simons was wasting his time.




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