Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Michal ...
5 books | 30 friends

7 books | 11 friends

83 books | 82 friends

1 book | 6 friends

1 book | 72 friends

0 books | 132 friends

25 books | 39 friends

Emile K...
191 books | 137 friends

More friends…

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Goodreads Author

in Amioun, Lebanon



Member Since
January 2013

Taleb has devoted his life to problems of uncertainty, probability, and knowledge. He spent two decades as a trader before becoming a philosophical essayist and academic researcher in probability theory. Although he now spends most of his time either working in intense seclusion in his study, or as a flâneur meditating in cafés across the planet, 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.

His works are grouped under the general title Incerto (latin for uncertainty), composed of a trilogy accessible in any order (Antifragile, The Black S

Average rating: 3.96 · 121,223 ratings · 7,115 reviews · 21 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Black Swan: The Impact ...

3.89 avg rating — 62,093 ratings — published 2007 — 105 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Fooled by Randomness: The H...

4.04 avg rating — 34,049 ratings — published 2001 — 47 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Antifragile: Things That Ga...

4.06 avg rating — 20,441 ratings — published 2012 — 52 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Bed of Procrustes: Phil...

3.73 avg rating — 3,570 ratings — published 2010 — 28 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Dynamic Hedging: Managing V...

4.01 avg rating — 300 ratings — published 1996 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Fooled By Randomness & The ...

4.01 avg rating — 159 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Incerto 4-Book Bundle: Anti...

4.74 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Robustezza e fragilità

3.50 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Silent Risk

4.13 avg rating — 8 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Talentidentification,  Sele...

3.67 avg rating — 6 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Nassim Nicholas Taleb…
Fooled by Randomness: The H... The Black Swan: The Impact ... The Bed of Procrustes: Phil... Antifragile: Things That Ga...
(4 books)
3.96 avg rating — 120,336 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Nassim’s Recent Updates

Nassim is now friends with Xouridas
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
"Taleb seems constitutionally angry, dismissive, and contrarian--sometimes to the point of being an asshole. However, one cannot deny his talent of conveying crucially important concepts in a clear and entertaining fashion. I would rather have ever..." Read more of this review »
More of Nassim's books…
“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have ! How many of these books have you read?” and the others - a very small minority - who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you don’t know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menancingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

“Love without sacrifice is like theft”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

No comments have been added yet.