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Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets [Paperback]

Item : Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets [Paperback]
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Author Author : Taleb, Nassim Nicholas
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0812975219
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780812975215
Publisher Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages Pages : 368
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100070560

Fooled by Randomnessis a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series areThe Black Swan, Antifragile, Skin in the Game, andThe Bed of Procrustes.

Fooled by Randomnessis the word-of-mouth sensation that will change the way you think about business and the world. Nassim Nicholas Taleb–veteran trader, renowned risk expert, polymathic scholar, erudite raconteur, andNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Black Swan–has written a modern classic that turns on its head what we believe about luck and skill.

This book is about luck–or more precisely, about how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill–the world of trading–Fooled by Randomnessprovides captivating insight into one of the least understood factors in all our lives. Writing in an entertaining narrative style, the author tackles major intellectual issues related to the underestimation of the influence of happenstance on our lives.

The book is populated with an array of characters, some of whom have grasped, in their own way, the significance of chance: the baseball legend Yogi Berra; the philosopher of knowledge Karl Popper; the ancient world’s wisest man, Solon; the modern financier George Soros; and the Greek voyager Odysseus. We also meet the fictional Nero, who seems to understand the role of randomness in his professional life but falls victim to his own superstitious foolishness.

However, the most recognizable character of all remains unnamed–the lucky fool who happens to be in the right place at the right time–he embodies the “survival of the least fit.&rdql%

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