Roll of the Dice

HINT : Try stopping the dice at 1 or 2.

Random like a roll of dice.

I recently finished reading the book by N.N.TalebAntifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder. After a long time, i got to read something radical and refreshing. I was in final year of college when i read his past two works – Fooled by Randomness and Black Swan. One of my best friend and I would discuss and argue the chapters in those two books. This time also it was a rewarding read.

Few of the highlights were as follows :

Anti-fragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks & stays the same; the anti-fragile gets better.

Technology is the result of anti-fragility exploited by risk takers in the form of tinkering and trial & error, with need driven design confined to the backstage.

Great geniuses invent their predecessors, practical innovations create their theoretical ancestry.

Technology is at its best when it is invisible.

And many more, I literary filled 3 sheets of papers with them. ( yes, i write like ants on paper to fit a lot of content.)



What i like about the author is his prolific honesty in his writing. He uses words with measure, which impacts you to leave an impression of a stern teacher. He puts his personal emotions and anecdotes into the narratives of the technical concepts.

I would recommend you to get this book and give it time. It will be hard to get around the concepts if you have not read the first two books by the author. However, if you persevere through each parts of the book. It will become progressively more interesting.

I started writing this post not as a book review but as an experiment to show the sketch i made based on the concept of antifragility and randomness. However, the content of the book overtook me as i was reading them again from my notes.

Hopefully i will write a design post next time.

– Gracias, a politesaint.