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Jim Simons: A Rare Interview With The Mathematician Who Cracked Wall Street

Jim Simons was a mathematician and cryptographer who realized: the complex math he used to break codes could help explain patterns in the world of finance. Billions later, he’s working to support the next generation of math teachers and scholars. TED’s Chris Anderson sits down with Simons to talk about his extraordinary life in numbers.

Jim Simons: A Rare Interview With The Mathematician Who Cracked Wall Street

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Chris Anderson: You were something of a mathematical phenom. You had already taught at Harvard and MIT at a young age. And then the NSA came calling. What was that about?

Jim Simons: Well the NSA -- that's the National Security Agency -- they didn't exactly come calling. They had an...


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