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Nassim Taleb’s visit to the UW

Category: Events, I.3.2

The University of Warsaw was visited by the American writer, economist and philosopher Nassim Taleb. During the meeting with representatives of the UW and other institutions, the issue of research into the dangers of modern civilisation was discussed. The visit was organised by the University’s Centre for Systemic Risk Analysis.

Nassim Nicolas Taleb is an American economist, trader and philosopher of Lebanese origin. His work focuses on issues of probability, randomness and uncertainty. He works at New York University, NYU, at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He is the editor-in-chief of “Risk and Decision Analysis” and the author of numerous publications, such as “Black Swan” and “Antifragility” (both published in Polish), among others, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Wolfram Innovator Award.

During the meeting at the University of Warsaw, the tasks of the Centre for Systemic Risk Analysis were discussed, as well as the principles of future cooperation between the UW and external partners concerning the study of the risks of modern civilisation. Nassim Taleb also shared his experience of using stock market analysis methods to predict systemic risks.

The meeting was attended by representatives of UW authorities, members of the Centre for Systemic Risk Analysis (CBRS) team and representatives of other institutions. Participants included Prof. Zygmunt Lalak, UW Vice-Chancellor for Research, Prof. Marek Trippenbach from the UW Physics Department (member of the CBRS team), Prof. Marek Konarzewski, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences (member of the CBRS team), Prof. Marek Kuś from the Centre for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (member of the CBRS team), Prof. Zbigniew Gaciong, Rector of WUM, Krzysztof Grzyliński, President of Vistula Green Power, and Dr Zbigniew Ryzak, financier, graduate of the UW Physics Department.

(source: UW, photo: UW)