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Author Taleb, Nassim Nicholas, 1960-
Title Antifragile : things that gain from disorder / Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Published New York : Random House, c2012.
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 Floor4  Q375 .T348 2012    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1st ed.
Description xxi, 519 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The triad, or, A map of the world and things along the three properties -- The antifragile : an introduction. Between Damocles and Hydra ; Overcompensation and overreaction everywhere ; The cat and the washing machine ; What kills me makes others stronger -- Modernity and the denial of antifragility. The souk and the office building ; Tell them I love (some) randomness ; Naive intervention ; Prediction as a child of modernity -- A nonpredictive view of the world. Fat Tony and the fragilistas ; Seneca's upside and downside ; Never marry the rock star -- Optionality, technology, and the intelligence of antifragility. Do you really know where you are going? ; Thales' sweet grapes ; Lecturing birds on how to fly ; When two things are not the "same thing" ; History written by the losers ; A lesson in disorder ; Fat Tony debates Socrates -- The nonlinear and the nonlinear. On the importance of attics ; On the difference between a large stone and a thousand pebbles ; The philosopher's stone and its inverse -- Via negativa. Time and fragility ; Medicine, convexity, and opacity ; To live long, but not too long -- The ethics of fragility and antifragility. Skin in the game : antifragility and optionality at the expense of others ; Fitting ethics to a profession.
Summary "The acclaimed author of the influential bestseller The Black Swan, Nicholas Nassim Taleb takes a next big step with a deceptively simple concept: the "antifragile." Like the Greek hydra that grows two heads for each one it loses, people, systems, and institutions that are antifragile not only withstand shocks, they benefit from them. In a modern world dominated by chaos and uncertainty, Antifragile is a revolutionary vision from one of the most subversive and important thinkers of our time"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Uncertainty (Information theory) -- Social aspects.
Complexity (Philosophy)
ISBN 9781400067824 (hardback)
1400067820 (hardback)
9780679645276 (ebook)
0679645276 (ebook)
OCLC number 774490503