Extreme Events and How to Live with Them - Professor Nicholas Taleb

The talk on “Extreme Events and How to Live with Them” is held by Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb. He will talk about how distributions that are dominated by extremes and tail events require a completely different way of thinking and provide a classification and show where conventional statistical tools fail, such as the conventional law of large numbers. He will show how robust statistics is not robust at all; how frequency-based forecasting fails and how past averages misrepresent future ones. Follow this link for more information. The Darwin Lecture Series is co-convened by CSER Research Associate Julius Weitzdoerfer this year.


The Darwin College Lectures take place on Fridays during Lent term (January to March). The lectures are given at 5.30 p.m. in The Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue, with an adjacent overflow theatre with live TV coverage. Each lecture is typically attended by 600 people so you must arrive early to ensure a place.

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