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    The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Hardback) By (author) Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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    DescriptionThis is a slipcased hardback edition of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's bestselling masterpiece, with the original first Penguin edition artwork. 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 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. A rallying cry to ignore the 'experts', "The Black Swan" shows us how to stop trying to predict everything - and take advantage of uncertainty.


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    Title
    The Black Swan
    Subtitle
    The Impact of the Highly Improbable
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 753 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846145650
    ISBN 10: 1846145651
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    BISAC V2.8: COM031000
    DC22: 003.54
    BISAC V2.8: BUS041000
    BIC subject category V2: HPX
    DC23: 128
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    01 December 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
    Great fun ... brash, stubborn, entertaining, opinionated, curious, cajoling -- Stephen J. Dubner, Author Of Freakonomics An idiosyncratically brilliant new book -- Niall Ferguson Sunday Telegraph A fascinating study of how we are regularly taken for suckers by the unexpected -- Larry Elliot Guardian Like the conversation of a raconteur ... hugely enjoyable - compelling -- John Kay Financial Times Confirms his status as a guru for every would-be Damien Hirst, George Soros and aspirant despot -- John Cornwell Sunday Times In the tradition of The Wisdom of Crowds and The Tipping Point Time