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Surely you are joking, Mr. Feynman.

D. MacKay: Sustainable energy - without the hot air.

N. Taleb: Fooled by randomness.

M. Karinthy: A journey round my skull.




Not a fan of Taleb, who is in love with the sound of his own voice, and who is articulating concepts that may be shocking to pit traders but not so much to anyone who has spent quality time on Usenet.


Yeah, he gets repetitive for sure. But I still think the core of his message is sound and (somewhat) counterintuitive (to me at least): you can lose most bets if you win the rare large ones, people underestimate the probability of outlier events, people tend to find patterns in sheer randomness, etc.


I'm reading "Surely you are joking, Mr. Feynman". I'm about 100 pages into it, and it's a pretty cool read. Smart as he is but the way he wrote it doesn't make me feel intimidated at all. I was really impressed about the part when he talked about this his first presentation to Einstein and Pauli and other biggest minds of the 20th century. He made it so casual and I could pictured me in his shoes perfectly. It reminds me of my Chemistry classes in college.


I think the Feynman book is great! He is a great storyteller and humble to boot.




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