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    DescriptionA condensed guide to life from the bestselling author of "The Black Swan", Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "The Bed of Procrustes" is an invaluable collection of aphorisms to help you navigate the modern world. Why are we so often unwilling to accept that life is unpredictable? In this brilliant book Nassim Nicholas Taleb distils his idiosyncratic wisdom to demolish our illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance and erudition against modern philistinism and phoniness. Only by accepting what we don't know, he shows, can we see the world as it really is. "Happily provocative ...blistering ...his observations concern superiority, wealth, suckerdom, academia, modernity, technology and the all-purpose, ignorant "they" ...very quotable". ("The New York Times"). "A master philosopher". ("The Times"). "Taleb's crystalline nuggets of thought stand alone like esoteric poems". ("Financial Times"). "Opinionated and witty...It showcases his wit and learning, and provides ways to fillet his enemies". ("Independent on Sunday"). Nassim Nicholas Taleb spends most of his time as a flaneur, meditating in cafes across the planet. A former trader, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University. He is the author of "Fooled by Randomness" and "The Black Swan", an international bestseller which has become an intellectual, social, and cultural touchstone.


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    Title
    The Bed of Procrustes
    Subtitle
    Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 7 mm
    Weight: 99 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780241954096
    ISBN 10: 0241954096
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21800
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T13.0
    BIC subject category V2: WH
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    BIC E4L: HUM
    DC22: 082
    BISAC V2.8: REF019000
    BIC subject category V2: HPX
    DC22: 809.82
    Thema V1.0: WH, QDX
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    07 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb spends most of his time as a flaneur, meditating in cafes across the planet. A former trader, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University. He is the author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan, an international bestseller which has become an intellectual, social, and cultural touchstone.
    Review quote
    Like Twain and Wilde before him, Taleb eats paradoxes for breakfast...The aphorism is Taleb to a tee. It showcases his wit and learning, and provides ways to fillet his enemies. All his usual suspects are present to be corrected: bankers, fools, politicians, journalists...Present, too, are his heroes: the curious, the intellectually anarchistic, the idle philosopher. -- James Kidd Independent on Sunday [A] quirky, entertaining collection of aphorisms, covering everything from the web ("like a verbally incontinent person") to the injuriousness of doing too much work ("My idea of the sabbatical is to work for (part of) a day and rest for six") ... a wry, often hila-rious glimpse. -- Robert Collins The Times