The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Bed of Procrustes is a short book consisting of quotes by Taleb. Unlike his other books, this book is mostly a collection of quotes. Procrustes used to stretch/amputate his guests who won’t fit on his bed. Similarly, when our …

Book summary: Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Probability is not about odds but a belief in the existence of an alternative outcome. Rational thinking has little to do with risk avoidance, most of it is about rationalizing one's actions by fitting some logic to them. People become leaders not because of the skills they possess but the superficial expressions they make on others ("charisma").

Book summary: How not to be wrong by Jordan Ellenberg

The book focuses on the application of simple and profound maths to day-to-day life and how not to be deceived by mathematical traps. Dividing one number by another is mere computation. Figuring out what to divide is mathematics.