Review: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
This is a book on randomness, and it’s, well… a bit random, in the sense that it jumps from one concept to another quite often. The author is trying to apply a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that is both philosophical, scientific and pragmatic, and this makes his ideas difficult to summarize in a book.
Those ideas are awesome nonetheless. Taleb has managed to cherry-pick various concepts from the past thousands of years and blend them in an exciting set of views on dealing with randomness and uncertainty.
Apparently, this guy also has a very big ego and he’s demonstrating it on every single page. This may be annoying to some, but I found it rather amusing and I think it keeps the book from getting boring.