Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


How to Live in a World We Don't Understand
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
From the bestselling author of "The Black Swan" and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a book on how to benefit from disorder. In "The Black Swan" Taleb outlined a problem, and his revelatory new book "Antifragile" offers a definitive solution: how to live in a world that is unpredicatable, chaotic, and full of shocks, and how to thrive during periods of disaster. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. For what Taleb calls the 'antifragile' is beyond the merely robust; it benefits from shocks, uncertainty and stressors. "Antifragile" is about what to do when we don't understand. It is a new word because it is a new concept. Many of the greatest breakthroughs in human endeavour come from the innovation by trial and error that is part of antifragility. And some of the best systems we know of, including natural selection and evolution, have antifragility at their heart. How did the disaster of the sinking of the Titanic bring us closer to safety? Why does the stress on bones make us stronger?
Why should you write a resignation letter on your first day in the office? Why should we detest the lack of accountability at the heart of capitalism? The most successful of us, the most daring and creative will take advantage of disorder and invent new, more powerful opportunities and advantages beyond our expectations. Irreverent and ambitious, "Antifragile" provides a blueprint for how to live-and thrive-in a world we don't understand, and which is too uncertain for us to even try to predict. Taleb's message is revolutionary: what is not antifragile will surely perish. Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a radical and paradoxical philosopher for our times. He has spent his life immersing himself in problems of luck, uncertainty, probability, and knowledge, and he has led three high-profile careers around his ideas, as a man of letters, as a businessman-trader, and as a university professor and researcher. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University's Polytechnic Institute. His books "Fooled by Randomness" and "The Black Swan" have been published in thirty-three languages.
Taleb refuses all awards and honours as they debase knowledge by turning it into competitive sports.