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Quote at the start of Chapter One - "Learn from me"

Frankenstein

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Main protagonist

Dr Alex Hoffmann

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Where does Hoffmann live

Geneva

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Book sent to Hoffmann at start

The Expressions of the Emotions in Man and Animals - Darwin

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When was the Darwin published

1872 - John Murray

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What condition/value is the Darwin book?

"fine" - $15,000

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Where has the Darwin book come from?

Rosengaarden and NijenhuiseAntiquarian Scientific and Medical BooksEstablished 1911Prinsengracht 227 - Amsterdam

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Name of Hoffmann's house

Villa Claremont

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Hoffmann's wife

Gabrielle

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Where did the pictures in the Darwin book come from?

Surrey Lunatic Asylum

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Name of Hoffmann's algorithm

VIXAL-4

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Hoffmann's business partner

Hugo Quarry

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Other books in Hoffmann's collection

On The Origin of Species - Sotherby's, NYC, $125,000The DEscent of Man - Huxley's copy

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Overnight execution dealer on VIXAL-4

Susumu Takahashi

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VIXAL-4 is shorting ...

Proctor and Gamble, $62 a share

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Date Fear Index is set

6th May 2010 - date of UK General Election

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Burglar alarm security code

1729

18

Significance of 1729

Hardy and Ramanujan - taxi cabSmallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways

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Hoffmann sets alarm to

06:30

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What does Hoffmann notice by the door when he investigates the break in

Boots

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Emergency number in Switzerland

117

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Time of break-in

3:59am

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Lake next to Geneva

Lac Leman

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What does Hoffmann see the intruder doing through the kitchen window

Sharpening knives

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Quote at the start of Chapter two -"A grain in the balance ..."

Darwin, Origin of Species

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Police Inspector

Jean-Philippe Leclerc

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Hoffmann's piano

Bechstein

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Landscape in Hoffmann's living room

Auerbach

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Gabriel's portraits derived from ...

MRI scans

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What is Hoffmann hit by

Fire extinguisher

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Hoffmann's nationality

American

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Gabrielle's nationality

British

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How long has Hoffmann lived in Switzerland

14 years

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Where did Hoffmann used to work

CERN - LHC

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Name of Hoffmann's company

Hoffmann Investment Technologies - HIT

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What is Hoffmann's business?

Hedge fund

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Hoffmann's staff

Housekeeper, main, gardener.

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Hoffmann's security consultant

Maurice Genoud

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How much did Hoffmann pay for the Villa Claremont

$60m

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Carpet ...

Aubusson

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Terminal on Hoffmann's desk

Bloomberg

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French expert in Galvanism

Dr Guillaume-Benjamin-Armand Duchenne

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What does Hoffman collect

First editions of scientific books

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Tea in Hoffmann's kitchen

Taylors of Harrogate, Earl Grey

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Gabrielle's exhibition

Human Contours

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Gallery where Gabrielle's exhibition is situated

Plaine de Plainpalais

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Gabrielle's history

Born in YorkshireUni of Salford - Art and FrenchRCA - MAWorked for UN in Geneva

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Gabrielle's work in studio

3D scanned image of a foetus

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Quote at the start of Chapter 3 - "Suspicion ..."

Darwin - Descent of Man

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Which hospital is Hoffmann taken to?

University

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Where was the party where Hoffmann met Gabriellse

Saint-Genis-Pouilly

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Doctor treating Hoffmann at university hospital

Dr Muhammet Celik - Turkish

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Hoffman sent for what sort of scan?

CAT - Computed Axial Tomography

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CAT technician

Fabian Tallon

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Radiologist

Dr Dufort

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Hoffmann's field

Autonomous Machine Reasoning (not AI)

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What sort of scan is recommended for Hoffmann?

MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imagin

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Portrait Gabrielle wanted to buy

Lucien Freud

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Quote at the start of chapter 4 - "The Slightest Advantage"

Darwin - Origin of Species

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Hugo Quarry's life

PPE from OxfordEx-wife and three children, Lutyens mansion in SurreySki chalet in Chamonix

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Hoffmann's driver

Claude - not George

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Newspaper being read on tram

Tribune de Geneve

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Where in Geneva is HIT's office

Les Eaux-Vivies

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Neighbours of HIT office

Salon de TheSupermarket

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Datacomms backbone in Geneva

GV1 fibre-optic pipe

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Other occupants of HIT's office

DigiSyst, EcoTel, EuroTel

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Hoffmann's rule in his office

No paper

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Bill Gates' book

Business at the Speed of Light

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Hoffman's employees are mainly ...

Quants

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Quarry's name for Hoffmann's staff

The Nerd World

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Senior managers

Head of FinanceHead of RiskHead of OperationsQuarry - CEOHoffmann - President

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Quarry's yacht

65m, Benetti of Viareggio = planning to call her Trade Alpha

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Quarry's assistant

Amber

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Where is Quarry taking clients to lunch

Beau-Rivage

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How much is Quarry looking to raise

$1b - settle for 750m

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Terms - two and twenty

2% annual fee20% performance fee

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Quote at start of chapter 6 - Hardly any faculty ...

Darwin - Descent of Man

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Picture of Gabrielle ...

Pamplelonne beach, St Tropez

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Hoffmann's award

Algorithmic Hedge Fund Manager of the Year

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How much did the Darwin book cost

���10,000

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Hoffmann's PA

Marie-Claude Durade

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Three teams of Quants

IncubationTechnologyExecution

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Hungarian quant

Imre Szabo

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IBAN prefix KYD

Cayman Islands

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Chief Risk Officer

Ganapathi Rajamani

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Police HQ situated

Boulevard Carl-Vogt

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Cern's location in Geneva

Zimeysa

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Quarry's invitees - brother and sister

Etienne and Clarisse Mussard - grandfather had owned Fazy and Cie

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Quarry's invitees - Most exotic

Elmira Gulzhan, 38, daughter of President of AzakhstanINSEAD graduateFrancois de Gombart-Tonnelle - lawyer

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Quarry's invitees - NYC bankers

Ezra Klein, Winter Bay TrustBill Easterbrook, AmCor - spun off, now HIT's biggest investor

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Quarry's invitees - others

Amschel HerxheimerIan Mould - Fife Building SocietyMieczyslaw Lukasinski - PolishLiwei Xu and Qu Zhang

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Quote at start of Chapter 6 - No doubt wealth ...

Darwin, Descent of Man

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HIT started with ...

$100 (mostly AmCor)

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Current AUM

$10b

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Increase in Net Asset Value

83%

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Gap between market performance and fund performance

Alpha

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Three year alpha

112%

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Research spend

$32m a year - 60 brilliant minds

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Hoffmann's quote - That is the flight of naked men

Elias Canetti in Crowds and Power

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Aristotle, 350BC defined humans as

Zoon Logon Echon - rational animal, or animal with language

101

Average US college student reads ...

450 wpm

102

"What disturbs and alarms men are not the things but is opinions and fancies about the things"

Epictetus

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What does Ezra Klein call Hoffmann's pitch?

Behavioural Finance

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EMH

Efficient Market Hypothesis

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"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"

FDR

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VIX

S&P 500 Volatility Index

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Where did Hoffmann interview for staff in Oxford?

Randolph Hotel

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3D model of structure of penicillin in Oxford ...

Dr Dorothy Hodgkin - nobel laureate for Chemistry

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Parts of the brain

Aqueduct of SylviusCistern of great cerebral veintentorium cerebellummedulla

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Gabrielle's protection

Camille

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MCs being shorted

Accenture

112

Airline being shorted

Vista Airways

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Hotel company being shorted

Wyn Resorts

114

How many CPUs?

1000

115

Where does the Vista Airways plane crash?

Domodedovo Airport, Moscow

116

Quote at start of chapter 7 - It can't continue forever

Gordon Moore

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Chief Finance Officer

Lin Ju-Long

118

Chief Operating Officer

Pieter van der Zyl

119

Where was Rajamani poached from?

FSA in London

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At the FSA, Rajamani had gone after ...

Goldman and Sachs

121

Promised volatility limit in prospectus

20%

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HIT's lawyer

Max Gallant

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How much has Alex supposed to have asked to be transferred into his Cayman Islands account

$42m

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Cayman banki

Royal Grand Cayman Bank Ltd

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Hoffmann's doctor

Jeanne Polidori

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Hoffmann's protection

Olivier Paccard

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Fountain in middle of Lac Leman

Jet d'Eau - 140m

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Gallery where Human Contours is being held

Galerie d'Art Contemporain Guy Bertrand

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Quote at start of chapter 8 - There is no exception to the rule

Darwin, Origin of Species

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Geneva's main contemporary art gallery

MAMCO

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Where did Gabrielle meet Guy Bertrad

Mandarin Oriental hotel - Christmas charity auction

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How many pieces in Human Contours

27

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Who held the party where Hoffmann met Gabrielle

Bob Walton

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Gabrielle's large piece of an executed murderer

The Invisible Man

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Who was the murderer in The Invisible Man

James Duke Johnson - executed Florida, 1994

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Hoffmann's team at CERN

Large Electron-Positron Collider

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Quote at start of Chapter 9 - Even when we are quite alone

Darwin - Descent of Man

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Where did Hoffmann take his PR firm to breakfast

Hotel President Wilson

139

How much to keep Hoffmann out of the papers

SFR200,000 a year - 10k per mention

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Hoffmann's alma mater

Princeton

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Bertrand's ring tone

Mozart

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Total cost of Gabrielle's exhibition

192,000 francs

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Nigerian artist at show

Nneka Osoba

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Quote at start of chapter 10 - the instinct of each species

Darwin - origin of species

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River in Geneva

Rhone

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Hotel Beau Rivage is on ...

Quai de Mont Blanc

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Stabbed outside Hotel Beau Rivage in 1898

Empress of Austria

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Lunch at Beau Rivage

Grenouille de VallorbeFilet mignon de veau

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Wine at Beau Rivage

2006 Louis Jadot Montrachet Grand Cru1995 Latour

150

Marginal top rate of tax in Switzerland

8.80%

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Quote at start of chapter 11 - the struggle for existence

Darwin, Origin of Species

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Hotel where Hoffmann is directed to

Hotel Diodati, Rue de Berne 91, room 68

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Man Hoffmann kills at the Hotel Diodati

Joseph KarpBorn 14-4-52 - age 58Offenbach am Mein

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Real life case of cannibalism

Der Rotenberg Cannibal - Armin Meiwes

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Novel on Karp's laptop

Der Metzgermeister - The Master Butcher

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Folder on Karp's laptop - Das Opfer

The Victim

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Park Gabrielle goes to after leaving her show

Parc des Bastions

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When did HIT set up shop

2002

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Quarry's ghastly neighbours in Wimbledon let in the chalet

Bakers

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How far does Quarry come to see Hoffmann on New Years Eve

60 miles

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What do Quarry and Hoffmann bet on

Gabrielles' knickers

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HIT named with a nod to ...

Jim Simon's quant shop - Renaissance Technologies on Long Island

163

Normalcy is overrated: most normal people are assholes

Bill Clinton

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Quote at start of Chapter 13 - The extinction of species

Darwin - Origin of Species

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What is Vixel-4 lifting

Delta Hedge

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Hugo Quarry's speedboat

Riva 115 - photograph

167

How much collateral does HIT have to raise when VIXEL-4 lifts the delta hedge

$2.6bn

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Quote at start of Chapter 14 - Only the paranoid survive

Andy Grove

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Dr Jeanne Polidori's degree

Psychiatry, University of Geneva

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When did Hoffmann stop seeing Dr Polidori

Nov-01

171

Footbridge across the Rhone

Passerelle de Chevres

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Computer in Cern's receptions

Berners-Lee's NeXT cube

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Desertron

America's collider, Waxahachie, Texas - $10bn. Cancelled

174

How much did it cost the US to bail out the banks

$3.7tn

175

Quote at start of Chapter 15 - As I was considering these issues

Bill Gates, Business at the Speed of Light

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What does Hoffmann find in a smoke alarm?

Camera

177

Who does Genoud say asked him to install the cameras?

Hoffmann

178

Where has Vixel-4 set up another facility for itself?

Zimeysa- 54 Route de Clerval

179

Warning about Hoffmann's project at CERN

Thomas S Ray, Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma

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Quote from start of chapter 16 - Intelligent life on a planet comes of age

Richard Dawkins, the Selfish Gene

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What is automatically triggered in New York as a result of the volatility triggered by VIXEL-4

LRPs - Liquidity Replenishment Points

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Oxford graduate trying to override VIXEL-4

Croker, ex-Rutherford Appleton lab

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How does Rajamani die?

Falls down the lift shaft

184

Leclerc's colleagues at the Diodati

Moynier, Lollin

185

What car does Hoffmann steal?

BMW

186

Evidence regarding LRPs

Mary Shapiro, Findings regarding market events 6th May 2010

187

Zimeysa is an acronym for

Zone Industrielle de Mayrin-Satigny

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What are all the roadworks in Zimeysa for?

Fibre optic cables

189

Fibre landing site

Marseille, France

190

CBEO declares what agains the NYSE

Self help - more than one second response

191

Where do protesters riot on the news?

Athens

192

Quote at start of Chapter 18 - The flight crowd ...

Elias Canetti, Crowds and Power

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Quote at start f Chapter 19 - Looking to the future

Darwin, Origin of Species

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Profit VIXAL-4 makes from crash

$4.1bn

195

How much total market volatility does that represent

0.40%

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Bonuses received for keeping everything confidential

$5m