Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to problems of
uncertainty, probability, and knowledge. He spent nearly two
decades as a businessman and quantitative trader before becoming a
full-time philosophical essayist and academic researcher in 2006.
Although he spends most of his time in the intense seclusion of his
study, or as a flaneur meditating in cafes, he is currently
Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York
University's Polytechnic Institute. His main subject matter is
"decision making under opacity"-that is, a map and a protocol on
how we should live in a world we don't understand.
Taleb's books have been published in forty-one languages.
"Ambitious and thought-provoking . . . highly
"A bold book explaining how and why we should embrace uncertainty, randomness, and error . . . It may just change our lives."-Newsweek
"Revelatory . . . [Taleb] pulls the reader along with the logic of a Socrates."-Chicago Tribune
"Startling . . . richly crammed with insights, stories, fine phrases and intriguing asides . . . I will have to read it again. And again."-Matt Ridley, The Wall Street Journal
"Trenchant and persuasive . . . Taleb's insatiable polymathic curiosity knows no bounds. . . . You finish the book feeling braver and uplifted."-New Statesman
"Antifragility isn't just sound economic and political doctrine. It's also the key to a good life."-Fortune
"At once thought-provoking and brilliant."-Los Angeles Times
"[Taleb] writes as if he were the illegitimate spawn of David Hume and Rev. Bayes, with some DNA mixed in from Norbert Weiner and Laurence Sterne. . . . Taleb is writing original stuff-not only within the management space but for readers of any literature-and . . . you will learn more about more things from this book and be challenged in more ways than by any other book you have read this year. Trust me on this."-Harvard Business Review
"By far my favorite book among several good ones published in 2012. In addition to being an enjoyable and interesting read, Taleb's new book advances general understanding of how different systems operate, the great variation in how they respond to unthinkables, and how to make them more adaptable and agile. His systemic insights extend very well to company-specific operational issues-from ensuring that mistakes provide a learning process to the importance of ensuring sufficient transparency to the myriad of specific risk issues."-Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, Bloomberg