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 forty-one languages.
Praise for Nassim Nicholas Taleb
"The most prophetic voice of all." --GQ "The hottest thinker in the world." --Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times (London) "[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne." --The Wall Street Journal "Idiosyncratically brilliant." --Niall Ferguson, Los Angeles Times