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This blog post originally appeared on RealMoney Silver on March 12 at 9:24 a.m. EDT. There was an interesting article a few days ago in The New York Times titled " They Tried to Outsmart Wall Street." In the article, the author discussed Wall Street "quants." To many, they are a mysterious group, right out of the cast of the Revenge of the Nerds series of movies. To me, they are like kin.