Antifragile // Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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Introduces a novel way to think about economics, health, education, governments, business, and day-to-day life. A dense, but incredibly rewarding read.


In 3 sentences:

Antifragile is a step above resilient – resilient things are unharmed by stress, but antifragile things improve under stress, and are harmed by a lack of stressors.

Several systems, including the human body, actually benefit from external stress (up to a point).

In systems with a hierarchy/fractal structure, fragility of the units leads to antifragility of the system.


Read it if:

You enjoy fresh ideas that change the way you look at things.

You like to read about ideas applied to many different contexts and situations.

You’re happy to constantly look up words while reading.


Skip it if:

You like very structured books with a clear beginning and end, and as little repetition as possible.

You prefer to receive ideas in a simple, straightforward, easy to understand way.

An egotistical, self-congratulatory tone of writing will probably deter you from the message of the book.


Goodreads rating: 4.05 / 5

Length: 521 pages

Buy the book: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)


If you enjoyed this, check out:

Fooled by Randomness – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

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