Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Nassim N. Taleb has led three high-profile careers—literary, scientific, and financial—around uncertainty, risk, and the fragility of human knowledge, packaged into his idea of "Black Swan" events. 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 high-impact rare events—across philosophy, economics, finance, engineering, cognitive science, and history. His current program is to design ways to live in a world we don't quite understand and help "robustify" the world against Black Swans.
Taleb is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, among other books and research papers. His books have more than 3 million copies in print in 32 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 Universa Investments.
- Skin in the Game as a Required Heuristic for Acting under Uncertainty (Policy Library)
- The Causes of the Financial Crisis (Briefings)
- More Skin in the Game in 2013 (Innovations)
- Will the Fledgling Occupations Molt into a Black Swan? (Videos)
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2011