The Wall Street Journal´s award-winning business reporter unveils the bizarre and sinister story of how a math genius named Tom Hayes, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system ignited one of the greatest financial scandals in history. In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world´s largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor - the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide - was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries, and that they could reap huge profits by nudging it to suit their trading portfolios. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of a wild alliance that among others included a French trader nicknamed ´´Gollum´´; the broker ´´Abbo´´, who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a Kazakh chicken farmer turned something short of financial whiz kid; a broker known as ´´Village´´ (short for ´´Village Idiot´´) and fascinated with human-animal sex; an executive called ´´Clumpy´´ because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed ´´Big Nose´´. Eventually known as the ´´Spider Network´´, Hayes´s circle generated untold riches - until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion. The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam, but a provocative examination of a financial system that was crooked throughout, designed to promote envelope-pushing behavior while shielding higher-ups from the consequences of their subordinates´ rapacious actions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Chamberlain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005851/bk_harp_005851_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A vibrant exploration of the world´s most famous and important mathematical ideas, theorems, and movements, and the great minds behind them. Take a journey through the intriguing story of numbers, patterns, and shapes in order to better understand the complex world we live in. Charting the development of maths around the world from Babylon to Bletchley Park, The Maths Book explores and explains more than 85 of the most complex and fascinating mathematical subjects. This diverse and inclusive account of mathematics will have something for everybody. It examines the maths behind world economies, secret spies, and modern technology such as computers, the internet, and AI. But it also traces the history of maths, from the mathematical ideas and inventions of the ancient world such as the first number systems, magic squares, and the Chinese abacus, through the discovery of zero and Fermat´s last theorem, to the rise of group theory in the 19th century. Continuing the ´´Big Ideas´´ series´ trademark combination of authoritative, clear text and bold graphics, The Maths Book uses an innovative visual approach to make the subject accessible to everyone, casual readers and students alike.
People will tell you that there are no such things as monsters. But if you ask Alexander Applebee, he´ll tell you another story. He has a math monster, and that monster can be very distracting when it´s time to do math. Alex tries telling his math teacher, his mother, and even his grandfather about the blue-eyed monster whose antics make it hard to concentrate on the subject. Alex is flabbergasted that no one can see or hear the math monster, and they just don´t understand his problem. He´s a bit relieved when he discovers other children have their own monsters. Though this makes him feel a little better, he must figure out how to deal with his own monster. In this audiobook for children, Alex´s unexpected adventure with his math monster reminds us that success in life is often a matter of taming our own creatures. 1. Language: English. Narrator: E. M. Olson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106671/bk_acx0_106671_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mather’s Blood takes place before the start of the DemonWars Saga and tells of the ranger Mather Wyndon, uncle of Elbryan, a central figure in DemonWars. This story was first published in Dragon magazine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wil Wheaton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021505/bk_adbl_021505_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Very First Light:The True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe John Boslough/ John Mather