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Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Former trader & professor at NYU Nassim Nicholas Taleb traveled the conventional route of education to real-life, and theory to practice in inverse sequence from the common one, moving from the practical to the philosophical to the mathematical. Born in Lebanon, he started as a trader, then got a doctorate in mid-trading career. He wrote literary books before writing technical papers. And his work became progressively more technical and formal with time.

Taleb is the author of a multivolume essay, the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, Antifragile, and Skin in the Game) covering broad facets of uncertainty. It has been translated into 39 languages. Taleb has also written, as backup to the Incerto, more than 70 scholarly papers in statistical physics, statistics, philosophy, ethics, economics, international affairs, and quantitative finance, all around the notion of risk and probability.

Taleb is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering (only a quarter time position). His current focus is on the properties of systems that can handle disorder ("antifragile"). Taleb refuses all honors and anything that "turns knowledge into a spectator sport". 

If you’re intrigued with the possibility of finding strategies of living in a world where rare events have the most consequences, and where “knowledge” cannot be taken for granted as true, then you need to listen to Nassim Nicholas Taleb at and&.