Northern California Science Writers Association

NCSWA Holiday Dinner: Nerds on Wall Street (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

  • Wednesday, December 05, 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Picaro Restaurant, San Francisco


Come enjoy paella, calamari, grilled artichoke, garlic shrimp and a mix of other Spanish tapas from Picaro's far-flung menu. Dive into a pitcher of sangria. Hobnob with your local friends and out-of-town colleagues visiting for the annual AGU meeting. And of course we'll offer a top-notch lineup of seriously unserious science trivia, whacky door prizes, and an entertaining talk about Wall Street's wired markets.

Nerds on Wall Street: Math, Machines and Wired Markets

Does a nation’s average penis size relate to GDP? Are there investment signals to be found in Bangladesh butter production or the population of 9-year-olds in the United States?

David Leinwebber, author of the book “Nerds on Wall Street: Math, Machines and Wired Markets," and the head of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Center for Innovative Financial Technology, is the ideal choice to put financial data into perspective. Recognized by billionaire investors and traders as one the greatest financial innovators of our time, Leinwebber holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard, has served as a computer scientist with MIT and the RAND Corporation, and founded two financial technology firms – First Quadrant and Codexa Corporation – whose clients included many of the world's largest brokerage and investment firms.

“Scientific investing is driven by both quantitative and textual electronic information, and the Internet has dramatically transformed the financial information landscape,” he says. Come hear his talk and maybe learn enough to improve the landscape of your own financial portfolio.


Picaro: 3120 16th Street (near Valencia), San Francisco

Phone: 415-431-4089

·      a one-block walk from the 16th St. BART Station

·      the 16th St. BART station is a quick, four-minute ride from the Powell St. BART Station near Moscone Center, where the AGU meeting will be held

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6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. No-host happy hour

7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Dinner

8:45 p.m. – Speaker


$29 members

$19 students

$33 non-members & AGU attendees

NCSWA is subsidizing the cost in order to keep dinner affordable.

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