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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Best-Selling Author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable


Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a philosopher, scholar of randomness, essayist, risk-management expert and former trader. He is known for a multidisciplinary approach to the role of the high impact rare event.

He is author of The New York Times bestseller The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, the revelatory book that explains everything we know about what we don’t know. In it, he defines a “black swan” as a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: it is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. He concludes that black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives. He offers surprisingly simple tricks for dealing with black swans and benefiting from them and changing the way we look at the world. His books have more than a million copies in print. His work has been translated into 27 languages.

Although he describes himself as “flaneur” (meditating in cafés), Taleb has the title of Distinguished Professor in Risk Engineering at New York University’s engineering department.

Taleb’s motto is: my main hobby is poking fun at those who take themselves and their own ideas too seriously ---and those who don’t have the courage to say “I don’t know”.

He is combination of a literary essayist, scholar of randomness, writer of philosophical tales, and “former” derivatives trader. He is known for a multidisciplinary approach to the role of the high-impact rare event–across psychology, social science, philosophy, finance, engineering, and history.

“A giant of Mediterranean thought ... Now the hottest thinker in the world,” by The London Times, “A charismatic polymath...”

Taleb derives his major pride is that he has never been late, not even by one minute since Jan 1, 2007.


The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

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