Book Group – “The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Sunday 23 June 2013, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
At: The Southsider , 3 - 7 West Richmond Street, EH8 9EF

Note the venue:  We are moving to the Southsider because Spoon won’t let us pay our bills individually.

Our book group is followed by a Social at 3:00.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable is a literary/philosophical book by former Wall Street trader, arbitrageur and academic,  Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The book focuses on the extreme impact of certain kinds of rare and unpredictable events (outliers) and humans’ tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events retrospectively. This theory has since become known as the black swan theory.

The book also covers subjects relating to knowledge, aesthetics, and ways of life, and uses elements of fiction in making its points.

The first edition appeared in 2007 and was a commercial success. It spent 36 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. The second, expanded edition appeared in 2010.

The Black Swan The Impact of the Highly Improbable

The book has prompted debate and some opposition:

Shock-testing the Black Swan Theory

Overrated: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Grumpy Old Bookman – Nassim Nicolas Taleb: Black Swan

Falkenblog – Review of Nassim Nicolas Taleb’s: Black Swan



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