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Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and Life Hardcover – 4 October 2001

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erivativesreview.com, September 28, 2001 The book struck a distinct chord as the author seemed to have various wonderful and illuminating insights with which I could readily identify. Robert J. Shiller, author of Irrational Exuberance It is fun to read, refreshingly independently-minded and at the same time playful. Peter L. Bernstein, author of Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk Fascinating. Stick with it: Taleb will grab you... Scotland on Sunday, October 7, 2001 Taleb offers a candid assessment of the stock market in which he himself is a trader.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb is the founder of Empirica Capital LLC, and Fellow of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University. He was inducted into the Derivatives Strategy Hall of Fame in 2001. He lives in New York.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Texere Publishing (4 October 2001)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1587990717
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1587990717
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.88 x 2.54 x 23.5 cm
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent more than two decades as a risk taker before becoming a full-time essayist and scholar focusing on practical, philosophical, and mathematical problems with chance, luck, and probability. His focus in on how different systems handle disorder.

He now spends most of his time in the intense seclusion of his study, or as a fl&acirc;neur meditating in caf&eacute;s. In addition to his life as a trader he spent several years as an academic researcher (12 years as Distinguished Professor at New York University's School of Engineering, Dean's Professor at U. Mass Amherst).

He is the author of the Incerto (latin for uncertainty), accessible in any order (Skin in the Game, Antifragile, The Black Swan, The Bed of Procrustes, and Fooled by Randomness) plus a technical version, The Technical Incerto (Statistical Consequences of Fat Tails). Taleb has also published close to 55 academic and scholarly papers as a backup, technical footnotes to the Incerto in topics ranging from Statistical Physics and Quantitative Finance to Genetics and International affairs. The Incerto has more than 200 translations in 41 languages.

Taleb believes that prizes, honorary degrees, awards, and ceremonialism debase knowledge by turning it into a spectator sport.

&quot;&quot;Imagine someone with the erudition of Pico de la Mirandola, the skepticism of Montaigne, solid mathematical training, a restless globetrotter, polyglot, enjoyer of fine wines, specialist of financial derivatives, irrepressible reader, and irascible to the point of readily slapping a disciple.&quot; La Tribune (Paris)

A giant of Mediterranean thought ... Now the hottest thinker in the world&quot;, London Times

&quot;The most prophetic voice of all&quot; GQ

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