July 2021


David Rangel

A few interesting things (July 2021)

Each month we share a list of items that the Merus team found interesting and that we think you will too. Let us know if you have any comments or if you’ve come across similar things that may interest us.

1) Has an Old Soviet Mystery at Last Been Solved? - A group of experienced skiers met a very strange demise in Siberia in 1958, resulting in decades of conspiracy theories. But the mystery may have been recently solved. - David

2) Goethe in China - Fascinating back story of a couple of important characters in recent Chinese history (including Xi Jinping’s father), through the lens of Goethe’s Faust. - Salman

3) The Miracle Sudoku - Even if you aren’t a big Sudoku fan, this video is fun to watch for the solving process, the solver’s enthusiasm, and the design elegance of this specific game instance. - David

4) Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution - A quick and approachable read for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of quantum computing and Carlo Rovelli's work. (Also relevant, our own primer from a few weeks ago) - Erin

5) FinTech 3.0 Re-Architecting Financial Market Infrastructure & DeFi - A high-level overview of DeFi (Decentralized Finance) with some context on current market structure and the path from “FinTech 1.0”. Even if you aren’t a crypto fan (yet), it’s worth getting a sense for the tremendous activity in this space. - David

6) Medallion Fund: The Ultimate Counterexample? - Finally, we leave you with a writeup on the amazing track record of Jim Simons’ Medallion Fund. Just $100 invested in 1988 would have returned $398M by 2018! So much for the efficient market hypothesis. For more on Simons, The Man Who Solved the Market is a good recent overview of his story. - David

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