How to Build a Stock Exchange: lecture at The Library of Mistakes

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


    Our financial markets are full of contradictions. They are ubiquitous, sophisticated, and timeless, yet chaotic, messy and contingent. All knowing – almost magical – they are a conjurer’s contraption of cogs and wires. In this lecture, Dr Philip Roscoe opens the black box of finance. Based on his newly published book How to Build a Stock Exchange, he uses a series of pivotal moments in the history of financial markets – extraordinary, hilarious, even horrifying – to show how they became an inescapable aspect of modernity. But finance is also a social technology: we made it, and we can unmake it. In view of the many challenges facing our collective future, the lecture asks: what do we want finance to be?
    Period27 Apr 2023
    Held atThe Library of Mistakes, United Kingdom
    Degree of RecognitionInternational