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Antifragile: How to Live in a World We Don't Understand Hardcover – 1 November 2012

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Wall Street's principal dissident (Malcolm Gladwell)

This] is the lesson of Taleb . . . and also the lesson of our volatile times. There is more courage and heroism in defying the human impulse, in taking the purposeful and painful steps to prepare for the unimaginable (Malcolm Gladwell)

The hottest thinker in the world (Bryan Appleyard)

A guru for every would-be Damien Hirst, George Soros and aspirant despot (John Cornwell Sunday Times)

A superhero of the mind (Boyd Tonkin)

The most prophetic voice of all . . . Taleb is a genuinely significant philosopher . . . someone who is able to change the way we view the structure of the world through the strength, originality and veracity of his ideas alone (GQ)

Changed my view of how the world works (Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate)

Imagine someone with the erudition of Pico de la Mirandola, the skepticism of Montaigne, solid mathematical training, a restless globetrotter, polyglot, enjoyer of fine wines, specialist of financial derivatives, irrepressible reader, and irascible to the point of readily slapping a disciple (La Tribune)

Antifragile broadens and extends the logic he used in The Black Swan and applies it to everyday living ... [it] may well capture a quality that you have long aspired to without having known quite what it is. I saw the world afresh (Ed Smith The Times)

Taleb takes on everything from the mistakes of modern architecture to the dangers of meddlesome doctors and how overrated formal education is. . . . An ambitious and thought-provoking read . . . highly entertaining (Economist)

About the Author

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is an uncompromizing no-nonsense thinker for our times. He has spent his life immersing himself in problems of luck, uncertainty, probability, and knowledge, and he has led three high-profile careers around his ideas, as a man of letters, as a businessman-trader, and as a university professor and researcher. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University's School of Engineering. He is the author of the 4-volume INCERTO (Antifragile, The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, and The Bed of Procrustes). Taleb refuses all awards and honours as they debase knowledge by turning it into competitive sports.

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Product details

  • Item Weight : 880 g
  • Hardcover : 519 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1846141567
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1846141560
  • Product Dimensions : 16.2 x 3.7 x 24 cm
  • Publisher : Penguin UK (1 November 2012)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 1,800 ratings