Philosophical Mathmatics, a $73 million New York hedge fund, 3.14159 – Pi, and Sonnets. Strange bedfellows?
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al lewis | columnist
Sonnets Served With a Slice of pi
By Al Lewis
Denver Post Staff Columnist
Posted: 07/15/2007 01:00:00 AM MDT
Lee Slonimsky, who runs a $73 million hedge fund in New York, shows up at my office with a book of sonnets.
He’s a risk-adverse quant. A conservative investor who trades according to mathematical models and recurring trading patterns. He’s also a published poet.
His latest book, published in January by Orchises Press of Alexandria, Va., is called “Pythagoras in Love.”
“It’s about seeing the world through the eyes of a famous mathematician who thought almost continuously in terms of numbers,” Slonimsky said. “You can’t do quantitative trading for 15 years and not kind of get into that mindset.”
Most people I know hate math. Slonimsky, 56, writes poems about it. More specifically, he writes sonnets, which are typically associated with love.
They are also among the most classical forms of poetry, written by literary legends such as Milton, Shakespeare, Keats and Shelley. They traditionally have 14 lines and 10 beats per line.
“It’s kind of like doing crosswords,” Slonimsky said with only a slight smile.
His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Carolina Quarterly, Connecticut Review, Poetry New York and other journals. They combine metaphors from nature with%