Which Nassim Nicholas Taleb Book Do I Read First?

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Mister Imperceptible
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Which Nassim Nicholas Taleb Book Do I Read First?

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Is it advantageous to read sequentially? Or are his earlier ideas more fleshed out in later works? Is one of his books especially quintessential and captures most of his ideas? I have three other authors on my list and will not be able to fully dedicate myself to the “Incerto.”

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I have read most of them. There are common threads and interesting connections throughout them all but I can't think of any single book that summarizes all the ideas. I would pick whichever one seems the most interesting. They all took me longer to read than I thought they would - good ideas, discursive, a bit disconnected. I did not read them sequentially and didn't find it a hindrance.

I do think the earlier ones were a little more pleasant to read because he indulges less in his annoying schtick where he ad hominems all the people who disagree with him. But in the later books his ideas are maybe a little more developed, or at least he has by now taken his earlier ideas and connected them to interesting new ones.

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This guy on Quora suggests AntiFragile and Black Swan effectively summarize the whole set.

https://www.quora.com/In-what-order-sho ... es-be-read

Honestly, they all kind of run together in my memory.

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I've read them all and would recommend sequential as later books do refer back to previous ideas. I'm a fan of reading books/ listening to anthologies sequentially as you can see the ideas form and change. I wouldn't argue this is strictly necessary for Taleb's books though, if one is really calling you I'd start there instead.

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Black Swan: many important things in the world are not Gaussian
Antifragile: bet on things with more upside than downside

Now you don't need to read any. You are welcome :)

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Re: Which Nassim Nicholas Taleb Book Do I Read First?

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@NPV - All covered in his first book with math: https://www.amazon.com/Dynamic-Hedging- ... 471152803/

Unless one prefers the light non-fiction reads, I'd go straight for his papers.

https://arxiv.org/search/?searchtype=au ... leb%2C+N+N

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Good find. That Precautionary Principle paper is what changed my mind about GMOs.

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Wow, I can't believe I didn't think to read his papers. I stopped after a couple chapters of Antifragile because I couldn't handle the constant macho posturing.

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http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/FatTails

On this page one can find links to the “Technical Incerto” which is an in-work textbook version of the series. No cost to the reader! I’m not qualified to review it (barely qualified to even read the technical sections), but appears more than good enough to share. The table of contents in the 1st volume indicates non-technical chapters for those allergic to math (there are also non-technical sections in vol2 but you’ll need to skim to find them).

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