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  • Published: 1 December 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141985022
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $26.00
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The Bed of Procrustes

Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms




An updated edition with more aphorisms from one of our most iconoclastic thinkers

In a climate when iconoclasm is the smartest intellectual stance - whether against bankers, traders, politicians, the energy industry, or journalists - one of today's most prominent rabble-rousers gives his quick-witted and snappy guide to questioning the status quo.

With characteristic panache and brio, Taleb uses aphorisms to condense his rambunctious ideas and style. This is the perfect reference for anyone searching for the right questions to ask.

  • Published: 1 December 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141985022
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $26.00
Categories:

About the author

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to immersing himself in problems of luck, uncertainty, probability and knowledge. Part literary essayist, part empiricist, part no-nonsense mathematical trader, he is currently Dean's Professor in the Science of Uncertainty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His last book, the bestseller Fooled by Randomness, has been published in eighteen languages and was selected by Fortune magazine as one of "The Smartest Books of All Time". Taleb lives mostly in New York.

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Praise for The Bed of Procrustes

A teasing, thought-provoking book . . . its title is taken from the Greek myth in which Procrustes fitted his guests to a bed - cutting to size those too tall and stretching those too short. Taleb's crystalline nuggets of thought stand alone like esoteric poems

Financial Times

Happily provocative . . . blistering . . . his observations concern superiority, wealth, suckerdom, academia, modernity, technology and the all-purpose, ignorant "they" . . . very quotable

The New York Times

A master philosopher

The Times

The aphorism is Taleb to a tee. It showcases his wit and learning, and provides ways to fillet his enemies . . . Like Twain and Wilde before him, Taleb eats paradoxes for breakfast

Independent on Sunday

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