Fooled by Randomness

Fooled by Randomness : The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets


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"Fooled by Randomness "is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb's landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don't understand. The other books in the series are "The Black Swan, Antifragile, "and "The Bed of Procrustes." "[Taleb is] Wall Street's principal dissident. . . . [Fooled By Randomness] is to conventional Wall Street wisdom approximately what Martin Luther's ninety-nine theses were to the Catholic Church." -Malcolm Gladwell, "The New Yorker" Finally in paperback, the word-of-mouth sensation that will change the way you think about the markets and the world.This book is about luck: more precisely how we perceive luck in our personal and professional experiences. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill-the world of business-Fooled by Randomness""is an irreverent, iconoclastic, eye-opening, and endlessly entertaining exploration of one of the least understood forces in all of our lives.

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 358.34g
  • 01 Oct 2005
  • Random House USA Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0812975219
  • 9780812975215
  • 22,428

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to problems of uncertainty, probability, and knowledge. He spent nearly two decades as a businessman and quantitative trader before becoming a full-time philosophical essayist and academic researcher in 2006. Although he spends most of his time in the intense seclusion of his study, or as a flAneur meditating in cafEs, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University's Polytechnic Institute. His main subject matter is "decision making under opacity"--that is, a map and a protocol on how we should live in a world we don't understand. Taleb's books have been published in thirty-three languages. "From the Hardcover edition."

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" [Taleb is] Wall Street' s principal dissident. . . . [Fooled By Randomness] is to conventional Wall Street wisdom approximately what Martin Luther' s ninety-nine theses were to the Catholic Church." - Malcolm Gladwell, "The New Yorker" " Fascinating . . . Taleb will grab you." - Peter L. Bernstein, author of "Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk" " Recalls the best of scientist/essayists like Richard Dawkins . . . and Stephen Jay Gould." - Michael Schrage, author of "Serious Play" " We need a book like this . . . fun to read, refreshingly independent-minded." - Robert J. Shiller, author of" Irrational Exuberance"

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