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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, NYU-Poly; Author, The Black Swan

NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB is a former derivatives trader turned researcher specializing in problems of probability and uncertainty, which includes decision-making under incomplete information and understanting. His work covers both technical and philosophical problems with probability, including issues of political stability, statistical mechanics, fragility of systems, psychological biases, and systems of ethics.

Taleb is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute. Before starting a career as a belletrist-researcher in 2005, Taleb held senior trading and “quant” positions in derivatives with trading houses in New York and London and managed his own portfolio  boutique. His degrees include an MBA from the Wharton School and a Ph.D. from the University of Paris.

He is the author of Dynamic HedgingFooled by Randomness, and The Black Swan.

He considers himself an Edge Activist—a member of the “literary and empirical community of scientists-philosophers”.


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