Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American author and flaneur (“a man who saunters around observing society”). Taleb spent more than two decades as a risk trader before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical and (mostly) practical problems with probability. He has completed 600,000 option trades and now specializes in the mitigation of tail risk. Author of the multivolume INCERTO: The Bed of Procrustes, Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, Antifragile and Skin in the Game (2018), where he covers broad faces of uncertainty, from randomness to luck, human error, risk and decision-making (“incerto” comes from the latin “incertus” - “uncertain”). Taleb has also written more than 50 scholarly papers in statistical physics, statistics, philosophy, ethics, economics, international affairs, and quantitative finance, all around the notion of risk and probability. He’s currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering (quarter time position), and scientific advisor at Universa Investments. In 2015, Taleb started Real World Risk Institute, LLC together with a few like-minded people, with the mission to revolutionize education by making it closer to the practitioner model. Real World Risk Institute grants a Mini-Certificate in Real-World Risk, about how to make decisions under uncertainty. The program is dedicated to risk professionals, analysts, professional risk takers, and generally curious people who want to understand fragility, antifragility and probability problems in an interactive environment. Taleb refuses all honors and anything that turns knowledge into a spectator sport. Motto: If you see fraud and don't shout fraud, you are a fraud.

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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

by Peter ThielBlake Masters

Deep Learning

by Ian GoodfellowYoshua BengioAaron Courville

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

by David Reich

The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction

by Trevor HastieRobert TibshiraniJerome Friedman

Rational Decisions

by Ken Binmore

Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the Politics of Chaos

by Hardeep Singh Puri

Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People

by Stephen Wolfram

The Science of Conjecture: Evidence and Probability before Pascal

by James Franklin

Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure

by Cedric Villani

Modern Aramaic-English/English-Modern Aramaic Dictionary & Phrasebook: Assyrian/Syriac

by Nicholas Awde

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

by William Easterly

Modelling Extremal Events: for Insurance and Finance

by Paul EmbrechtsClaudia KluppelbergThomas Mikosch

The Kelly Capital Growth Investment Criterion: Theory and Practice

by Leonard C. MacLeanEdward O. ThorpWilliam T. Ziemba

Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes

by Athanasios PapoulisS. Unnikrishna Pillai

Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning

by A. D. AleksandrovA. N. KolmogorovM. A. Lavrent'ev

Probability Theory

by S. R. S. Varadhan

Models.Behaving.Badly.: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life

by Emanuel Derman

Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week

by John R. LittleDoug McGuff

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust

by John Coates

Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself

by Sheila Bair

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