Nassim Taleb: Antifragile

Chaos, to Survive and Flourish

Tuesday 26 February, 2013
7pm, $0

Book Culture
536 West 112 Street

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 20 years as a derivatives trader before starting a full-time career as a scholar of applied probability and risk management. Taleb's current program is to build rules of decision-making under incomplete information and understanding, and to make political and economic systems robust to Black Swan problems. In his groundbreaking and prophetic book, Black Swan, Taleb shows in a playful way that black swan events explain almost everything about our world.

Nassim Taleb has also been involved in risk-based policy making, advising institutions such as the IMF and the UK Prime Minister on model error and the detection of tail exposures. What Taleb has identified and calls "antifragile" in his book, Antifragile, is the category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.

Naissim Taleb holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a PhD from the University of Paris. He is the author of two essays on randomness and a technical clinical book on derivatives: The Black Swan (2007,2010 2nd Ed.) and Fooled by Randomness (2001, 2005), and (1997). In addition he published a book of philosophical aphorisms, The Bed of Procrustes (2010).

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