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online book seminar – mackenzie’s an engine, not a camera

Brayden

We’re going to try something new (for us) at orgtheory.net – an online book seminar. During the week of November 6 we will discuss the new book by Donald MacKenzie, An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets. The book explores the premise that the new finance models of the last century (beginning with CAPM) not only attempted to describe abstract ideas of the financial world but that they also changed the institutions and organization of financial markets. As a study of the sociology of markets, it’s a fascinating read, but the book is also interesting from a pure historical point-of-view. MacKenzie intervied over fifty informants (theoreticians and practicioners) to produce one of the more comprehensive and engaging (and often surprising) histories of modern financial ideas that I’ve read.

The bloggers at orgtheory will offer our own takes on the book, but we also encourage others to read along and join in conversation in the comments (or on your own blogs). This gives you two weeks to get and read the book! I anticipate this will be a rewarding experience.

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Written by brayden king

October 23, 2006 at 4:50 pm

Posted in books, brayden

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  2. […] As announced earlier, my co-bloggers and I have been busily reading Donald MacKenzie’s An Engine, Not a Camera, in order to prepare for an online seminar about the book. Over the next few days, we’ll offer various thoughts and rants on MacKenzie’s subject – the influence of financial models on financial markets. […]

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  4. […] I have been extremely irresponsible about my contribution to our OrgTheory book seminar on Donald MacKenzie’s An Engine, Not a Camera. But for once this is because my thoughts on the book metastisized into an article-length something-or-other. I’m still working on it so I won’t inflict it upon you (but stay tuned: eventually I will). Instead, here is a long excerpt. At the risk of sounding like Saul Kripke, some disclaimers: I’ve dropped some of the throat-clearing sign-posting introductory stuff and also left out supporting material in the middle; there’s another whole bit to the paper which I’m not putting in here; and I’m still not sure what I think on some points. Also, any errors of fact or argument are completely not my responsibility. Neither shall I accept invoices for medical costs incurred by migraines brought on by reading such a long post. […]

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