- Gebundene Ausgabe: 544 Seiten
- Verlag: Random House (27. November 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9781400067824
- ISBN-13: 978-1400067824
- ASIN: 1400067820
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16 x 2,5 x 24,1 cm
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“Ambitious and thought-provoking . . . highly entertaining.”—The Economist
“A bold book explaining how and why we should embrace uncertainty, randomness, and error . . . It may just change our lives.”—Newsweek
“Revelatory . . . [Taleb] pulls the reader along with the logic of a Socrates.”—Chicago Tribune
“Startling . . . richly crammed with insights, stories, fine phrases and intriguing asides . . . I will have to read it again. And again.”—Matt Ridley, The Wall Street Journal
“Trenchant and persuasive . . . Taleb’s insatiable polymathic curiosity knows no bounds. . . . You finish the book feeling braver and uplifted.”—New Statesman
“Antifragility isn’t just sound economic and political doctrine. It’s also the key to a good life.”—Fortune
“At once thought-provoking and brilliant.”—Los Angeles Times
“[Taleb] writes as if he were the illegitimate spawn of David Hume and Rev. Bayes, with some DNA mixed in from Norbert Weiner and Laurence Sterne. . . . Taleb is writing original stuff—not only within the management space but for readers of any literature—and . . . you will learn more about more things from this book and be challenged in more ways than by any other book you have read this year. Trust me on this.”—Harvard Business Review
“By far my favorite book among several good ones published in 2012. In addition to being an enjoyable and interesting read, Taleb’s new book advances general understanding of how different systems operate, the great variation in how they respond to unthinkables, and how to make them more adaptable and agile. His systemic insights extend very well to company-specific operational issues—from ensuring that mistakes provide a learning process to the importance of ensuring sufficient transparency to the myriad of specific risk issues.”—Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, Bloomberg
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to problems of uncertainty, probability, and knowledge. He spent nearly two decades as a businessman and quantitative trader before becoming a full-time philosophical essayist and academic researcher in 2006. Although he spends most of his time in the intense seclusion of his study, or as a flâneur meditating in cafés, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute. His main subject matter is “decision making under opacity”—that is, a map and a protocol on how we should live in a world we don’t understand.
Taleb’s books have been published in thirty-three languages.
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This book is philosphical, yet practical for the day-to-day endeavours we encounter in our so-called modern world. It opens your eyes how things influence each other. That our world is not linear and non-predictable. And that it is good that way. Taleb demystifies the scharlatan sciences such as economics as taugh in universities today and detects the vulnerable point in our western societies. Yet this is not a book to complain about the atrocities of the world we're living in. Instead it makes courage. Courage to look at our world with different eyes. See what is a short gain, but probably non-lasting like a spark. Detect what is more lasting - or antifragile - since robustness is not the inverse of fragility.
This book has impact on technology, society, sociology, almost every corner of our life. Still Taleb is not a radical: While pointing out how nature helps to cure itself and is the most persistent and antifragile institution ever he doesn't get into a mood of Darwinism or survival of the fittest. He just shows up where our limits are and what's the tradeoff of the lives we live today.
Deeply impressing, a must-read. My world would be paler if I had missed this book.
However, his book has two flaws: first of all, it is too long. Taleb enters topics in which he has no business. While I understand the point that he likes to go against subject matter experts with a new perspective, I am of the opinion that he vastly overstretches his thinking. Secondly, he gets very bullish about his own way of thinking, presenting it very aggressively as truth, and thereby passing the line from being thought provoking to being outright provocative. Because of this style I struggled to finish the book.
All in all, his ideas are interesting enough, and would have resonated with me more if written in a less aggressive style.
Reading this book, you can really learn how to live in better health: Challenge your body, don't eat too regularly (some starvation is good for you), expose your body to some cold, some heat, some pain. This leads to a better, healthier life (mine has changed: I feel better than ever before.). Politicians or businesspeople may learn how to help their countries or businesses by imposing some painful actions leading to later gains.
But why does the author rant so much against scientists, physicians and economists? They are not all that stupid, and they are not all alike. One star less for the foul language, still a good score (from one of the above-mentioned.)
So should you read this?
If you want hear a compelling argument against modernism, interventionism, and the contemporary manifestations of fortune-telling from the point of view of a rational skeptic - then yes. If you just want to become familiar with the central idea of Nassim Taleb then you would be better off reading one of his other two books. If you already have read one of them and liked it then chances are you will like this one as well.
Ich kann das Buch nur wärmstens empfehlen, allerdings sind für die englische Version sehr gute Sprachekenntnisse voraus zu setzen.
Einzig ein Kapitel "wie werde ic antifragiler" hätte ich mir gewünscht.
Naja man muss aus den Beispielen des Buchs lernen.
Der Schreibstil - eine Mischung aus Theorie und kleinen Anekdoten - gefällt mir gut.