Nassim Taleb

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Nassim N. Taleb has led three high profile careers –­  literary, scientific, and financial – around uncertainty, risk, and the fragility of human knowledge. He is a literary essayist, a distinguished professor, and a veteran derivatives-trader and hedge fund manager. He is known for a multidisciplinary approach to the role of the high-impact rare event ("Black Swan") – across philosophy, economics, finance, engineering, cognitive science, and history. His current programme is to design ways to live in a world we don't quite understand and help improve the world’s resilience against the Black Swan.

- Author of the NYT Bestseller The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable 
- Professor at New York University Polytechnic Institute
- Principal at Universal  Investments
- MBA from Wharton and a PhD from the University of Paris

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Taleb is the author of, among other books and research papers, the NYT Bestseller The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. His books have more than two and a half million copies in print in 31 languages, making him one the most read and most translated thinkers in history.

Taleb is currently Distinguished Professor at New York University Polytechnic Institute and Principal at Universal Investments. He has an MBA from Wharton and a PhD from the University of Paris.

“A giant of Mediterranean thought ... Now the hottest thinker in the world”, London Times

“Taleb not only had an explanation for [the crisis], he saw it coming.” —David Brooks, The New York Times

“Taleb is the real thing. [He] rightly understands that what’s brought the global banking system to its knees isn’t simply greed or wickedness but . . . intellectual hubris. —John Gray, author of Straw Dogs (as quoted in GQ)

“Now hailed as [a] seer.” —The Economist

“The new sage . . . The trader turned author has emerged as the guru of the global financial meltdown. Not only is he riding high in the bestseller lists, his theory of black swan events has become the most seductive guide to our uncertain times.” —The Observer.