Black Swan, The: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 28th Feb '08

£10.99

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 title deals with this questions.

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The phenomenal international bestseller that shows us how to stop trying to predict everything – and take advantage of uncertaintyWhat 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? 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. ‘Taleb is a bouncy and even exhilarating guide … I came to relish what he said, and even develop a sneaking affection for him as a person’ Will Self, Independent on Sunday’He leaps like some superhero of the mind’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Additional information

Weight 0.349 kg
Dimensions 27 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 480