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Author, Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan and Antifragile. Provocative essayist, thinker on risk, mathematics and economics. Previously a derivatives trader on Wall St.

Zero to One

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Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. In 'Zero to One', legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Zero to One

by Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
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Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. In 'Zero to One', legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.
What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of Peter Thiel, read it twice. Or, to be safe, three times. This is a classic.

I Think, Therefore I Laugh

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Paulos originally wrote this charming little book on analytic logic, its mathematics, and its puzzles in 1985. He uses jokes, stories, parables, and anecdotes to elucidate difficult concepts, and in this case, some of the fundamental problems in modern philosophy.

I Think, Therefore I Laugh

by John Allen Paulos
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Paulos originally wrote this charming little book on analytic logic, its mathematics, and its puzzles in 1985. He uses jokes, stories, parables, and anecdotes to elucidate difficult concepts, and in this case, some of the fundamental problems in modern philosophy.
What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

A great book for a refresher in analytical philosophy: pleasant, clear. Go buy this book!

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Using exemplars of clear thinking and attained wisdom, such as Darwin, Buffett, Montaigne etc., Bevelin focuses on how our thoughts are influenced, why we make misjudgments and tools to improve our thinking. Bevelin tackles such eternal questions as: Why do we behave like we do? What do we want out of life? What interferes with our goals?
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Using exemplars of clear thinking and attained wisdom, such as Darwin, Buffett, Montaigne etc., Bevelin focuses on how our thoughts are influenced, why we make misjudgments and tools to improve our thinking. Bevelin tackles such eternal questions as: Why do we behave like we do? What do we want out of life? What interferes with our goals?
What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

A wonderful book on wisdom and decision-making written by a wise decision-maker. This is the kind of book you read first, then leave by your bedside and re-read a bit every day, so you can slowly soak up the wisdom. It is sort of Montaigne but applied to business, with a great investigation of the psychological dimension of decision-making. I like the book for many reasons –the main one is that it was written by a practitioner who knows what he wants, not by an academic. Enjoy it!

The Tartar Steppe

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Often likened to Kafka's ‘The Castle’, The Tartar Steppe tells of young Giovanni Drogo, who is posted to a distant fort overlooking the vast Tartar steppe, waiting for an enemy invasion. Years pass, and Giovanni's ambitions begin to fade, until the day the enemy begins massing on the desolate steppe.

The Tartar Steppe

by Dino Buzzati
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Often likened to Kafka's ‘The Castle’, The Tartar Steppe tells of young Giovanni Drogo, who is posted to a distant fort overlooking the vast Tartar steppe, waiting for an enemy invasion. Years pass, and Giovanni's ambitions begin to fade, until the day the enemy begins massing on the desolate steppe.
What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

I never understood why this book never made it in the Anglo-Saxon world. This is one of the 20th century’s masterpieces.

Birth of a Theorem

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Birth of a Theorem is French mathematician Cédric Villani's own account of the years leading up to the coveted Fields Medal award. But you don't have to to be a mathematician to enjoy this wonderful work. In mathematics, as in any creative work, it is the thinker's whole life that propels discovery--and with Birth of a Theorem, Cédric Villani welcomes you into his.

Birth of a Theorem

by Cédric Villani
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Birth of a Theorem is French mathematician Cédric Villani's own account of the years leading up to the coveted Fields Medal award. But you don't have to to be a mathematician to enjoy this wonderful work. In mathematics, as in any creative work, it is the thinker's whole life that propels discovery--and with Birth of a Theorem, Cédric Villani welcomes you into his.
What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

Riveting! Particularly if you follow the paper. Partial Differential Equations familiar to quants! A gem.

Bull!

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Noted journalist Maggie Mahar writes on the remarkable bull market that began in 1982 and ended in the early 2000s. This inside look at that 17-year cycle of growth, provides investors with historical perspective and an understanding of financial cycles.

Bull!

by Maggie Mahar
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Noted journalist Maggie Mahar writes on the remarkable bull market that began in 1982 and ended in the early 2000s. This inside look at that 17-year cycle of growth, provides investors with historical perspective and an understanding of financial cycles.
What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

Read this book now; wait a while, then read it again.

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  • Warren Buffett

    Well-reported and well-written. Investors can learn much from ‘Bull!’