Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Noted Author and Scholar

Hans Overturf is a successful financial services professional with more than a decade of experience in the industry. In his personal life, he enjoys running and yoga, and is involved with several service organizations. Also an avid reader, Hans Overturf especially enjoys the works of the author and essayist Nassim Nicholas Taleb. 

Most known for his bestseller The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb focuses on the problems associated with probability, forecasting future events, and decision making in a world where chaos and randomness govern more than we humans are inclined to think. A “black swan” is an event that is highly unlikely to occur, but which has huge consequences if it does. Taleb argues that though we like to think that the past is a good predictor of the future, it is these rare “black swan” events that push society forward and have the greatest implications. In addition to The Black Swan, Taleb has written several other books and many essays and articles that have appeared in a variety of magazines and scholarly journals. Aside from being a writer, Taleb is a distinguished professor of risk engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and an external professor at the Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne in Paris.