Nassim Nicholas Taleb ZURICH.MINDS

ZURICH.MINDS FLAGSHIP EVENT 2011, Antifragility. Talk with Rolf Dobelli

bio: NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB, part literary essayist, part empiricist, part no-nonsense trader, has devoted his life to immersing himself in problems of luck, uncertainty, probability, and knowledge. Taleb was born into a Greek-Orthodox family in Lebanon. He worked as a derivatives trader on his own and with Wall Street firms and as a floor trader in the Chicago pits before opting for more con­templative, and what he calls "nontransactional," pursuits. He has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a Ph.D. from the University of Paris. While trading, he taught the application of probability the­ory to risk management for seven years (part-time) at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University. He is currently taking a break from active life by serving as the Dean's Professor in the Sciences of Uncertainty at the University of Massa­chusetts at Amherst. His last book, the bestseller Fooled by Random­ness, has been published in twenty languages (even French). Taleb lives mostly in New York.

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