The Black Swan




The Black Swan

Number of page: 480
Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Publisher: Penguin UK
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Category: Philosophy

What have the invention of the wheel, Pompeii, the Wall Street Crash, Harry Potter and the internet got in common
Why are all forecasters con-artists
What can Catherine the Great’s lovers tell us about probability
Why should you never run for a train or read a newspaper
This book is all about Black Swans: the random events that underlie our lives, from bestsellers to world disasters. Their impact is huge; they’re impossible to predict; yet after they happen we always try to rationalize them. A rallying cry to ignore the ‘experts’, The Black Swan shows us how to stop trying to predict everything – and take advantage of uncertainty.

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  • оман Александров
    Amazing book, worth it
  • Nicola CoisNicola Cois
    a milestone
  • suresh bafnasuresh bafna
    The black swan Very good
  • Eftychia DaskalopoulouEftychia Daskalopoulou
    The Black Swan
  • Benjamin van AssumBenjamin van Assum
    Eye opener Don’t presume you’re going to read a novel that entertains you cover to cover though. Lots of bad reviews, which doesn’t make any sense. Has been a life saver!
  • Alex IacconiAlex Iacconi
    The black swan I very much enjoyed this book and the premises which is based on are extremely relevant in today’s world. If our governments were to take an approach to risk similar to the one suggested by Taleb I magine we would find ourselves in a lot less trouble than we do.
  • theodosiustheodosius
    LibraryThing Review This was a slow read for me. While I didn’t comprehend a lot of his technical writing, I enjoyed his theories and outlooks. I am still enjoying and learning from this book as I’ve read more on-line articles and interviews about the author.
  • dwkenefickdwkenefick
    LibraryThing Review A very interesting, and very important book for academics, buisnessmen, and just about everyone.
  • rsubberrsubber
    LibraryThing Review Taleb disputes the general applicability of the Gaussian (normal) distribution. Taleb specifically refers near the end of the book to Wall Street investment dogma regarding portfolio theory; he indicates there is no sound basis for it.