While I’ve never seen any good research on the topic, anecdotally I’ve met many investment advisors who have hard-science backgrounds, at least on the undergraduate level, and areas like economics and mathematics are at least sciences (our own Ben Warwick has undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering, physics and chemistry, in addition to an MBA).
Yet at advisor conferences like Envestnet’s recent Advisor Summit, you don’t expect to see on the agenda a keynote presentation by a theoretical physicist and string theorist. But when the physicist is Dr. Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, best-selling author of books like “The Elegant Universe” and star of several series about the cosmos and science on public television, he is welcome, as he was by a mostly rapt audience at the Summit meeting in Chicago in early May.
In a session titled “The Drive to Innovate: Stories From the Frontiers of Discovery,” Greene spoke first of innovation. As children, “we start as little engines of innovation,” he said, but then lose our innovative edge as we learn to accept the status quo.