Fooled by randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb “This is the precursor to The Black Swan and is, I think, a stronger book.”
But science does not hold the answer to everything and even subscribes to the randomness of life on Earth.
Comeback leaves you feeling like there is a randomness to the universe that often manifests itself as pure horror.
Nothing serves as a metaphor for Florida randomness quite like a sinkhole.
Early versions of this idea were developed in his previous books Fooled by randomness and The Black Swan.
Fragile things—a crystal champagne flute, for instance, or a house of cards—are hurt by stress, randomness, and uncertainty.
Reduction from practically infinite choices to a finite number of realizations is at best a matter of randomness and exposure.
It is obvious that a language cannot go beyond a certain point in this randomness.
This was an impressive change that introduced a linear relation in a realm that was one of randomness or even chaos.
Filled with 400 rods placed equidistantly, the lightning field is the interplay between precision and randomness.
"having no definite aim or purpose," 1650s, from at random (1560s), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"), alteration of Middle English noun randon "impetuosity, speed" (c.1300), from Old French randon "rush, disorder, force, impetuosity," from randir "to run fast," from Frankish *rant "a running" or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *randa (cf. Old High German rennen "to run," Old English rinnan "to flow, to run;" see run (v.)).
In 1980s U.S. college student slang it began to acquire a sense of "inferior, undesirable." (A 1980 William Safire column describes it as a college slang noun meaning "person who does not belong on our dormitory floor.") Random access in reference to computer memory is recorded from 1953. Related: Randomly; randomness.
1. An inexplicable misfeature; gratuitous inelegance.
2. A hack or crock that depends on a complex combination of coincidences (or, possibly, the combination upon which the crock depends for its accidental failure to malfunction). "This hack can output characters 40--57 by putting the character in the four bit accumulator field of an XCT and then extracting six bits - the low 2 bits of the XCT opcode are the right thing." "What randomness!"
3. Of people, synonymous with "flakiness". The connotation is that the person so described is behaving weirdly, incompetently, or inappropriately for reasons which are (a) too tiresome to bother inquiring into, (b) are probably as inscrutable as quantum phenomena anyway, and (c) are likely to pass with time. "Maybe he has a real complaint, or maybe it's just randomness. See if he calls back."