Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. Published by Random House, New York, 2012. First Edition. Quarter black over beige boards, gilt spine titles. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 519 pages including index. Volume and contents in pristine condition; unclipped jacket has light ruffling and otherwise fine.
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. 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 the author 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 this book the author 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. 002813 $20