Nassim Taleb

Nassim Taleb

Formal First Name
Nassim Nicholas (Nassim)
1960 - present

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is widely recognized as the foremost thinker on probability and uncertainty. A well-acclaimed writer, Taleb published a multivolume collection on uncertainty called Incerto, which has been published in 49 languages. He has also authored more than fifty scholarly papers as backup to Incerto, ranging from international affairs and risk management to statistical physics. Taleb is an essayist, mathematical statistician, risk analyst, and aphorist. Before becoming a scholar, he spent 21 years as a derivatives trader, where he closed 650,000 option transactions and examined 200,000 risk reports. Currently, Taleb is a Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering, where his current focus is on the properties of systems that can handle disorder.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Fooled by Randomness (2001-2005 2nd Ed.) 

  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (2007-2010 2nd. Ed.)

  •  Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder (2012)

  • The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (2010,2017 2nd Ed.)

  • Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life (2018)


  • Vol 1: Statistical Consequences of Fat Tails: Real World Pre Asymptotics, Epistemology, and Applications  STEM Academic Press (2020) 

  • Vol 2: Fragility, Risk, and Convexity  (TK)