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.