David Harding, managing director and head of research at Winton Capital

The origins of mathematics accompanied the evolution of social systems. Many social needs require calculation and numbers. Conversely, the calculation of numbers enables more complex relations and interactions between peoples. Numbers provide a common link between societies and a basis for communication and trade. And this is the basis of Winton Capital. Margie Lindsay talks to its founder, David Harding.


There is truth and beauty to mathematics believes David Harding, managing director and head of research of Winton Capital. The deceptively boyish Harding denies he is passionate about mathematics, but there is still an intensity when he speaks of mathematics, statistics and how this science can be applied to solve real world problems.

"It is the universal language, the least culturally specific," he says. Harding uses his affinity with number to good effect. First as co-founder of the

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