Dimensions: 544 pages, 3.77 × 2.52 × 0.53 in
Published: November 27, 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1400067820
ISBN - 13: 9781400067824
From the Publisher
Antifragile is 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 are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and
The Bed of Procrustes.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black
Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how
to thrive in an uncertain world.
Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and
tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to
repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder,
volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls
"antifragile" is that category of things that not only gain from
chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.
In The Black Swan, Taleb showed us that highly improbable
and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our
world. In Antifragile, Taleb stands uncertainty on its
head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things
be built in an antifragile manner. The antifragile is beyond the
resilient or robust. The resilient resists shocks and stays the
same; the antifragile gets better and better.
Furthermore, the antifragile is immune to prediction errors and
protected from adverse events. Why is the city-state better than
the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is what we call
"efficient" not efficient at all? Why do government responses and
social policies protect the strong and hurt the weak? Why should
you write your resignation letter before even starting on the job?
How did the sinking of the Titanic save lives? The book
spans innovation by trial and error, life decisions, politics,
urban planning, war, personal finance, economic systems, and
medicine. And throughout, in addition to the street wisdom of Fat
Tony of Brooklyn, the voices and recipes of ancient wisdom, from
Roman, Greek, Semitic, and medieval sources, are loud and
Antifragile is a blueprint for living in a Black Swan
Erudite, witty, and iconoclastic, Taleb's message is
revolutionary: The antifragile, and only the antifragile, will make
Praise for Antifragile
"Ambitious and thought-provoking . . . highly
"A bold book explaining how and why we should embrace uncertainty,
randomness, and error . . . It may just change our
"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
"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
"At once thought-provoking and brilliant."-Los Angeles
About the Author
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.
“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 fa