In turbulent times such as those we are currently living through, the uncertainty of the future can seem truly terrifying. Kay and King’s incisive, rigorously researched volume challenges the accepted strategies used to cope with uncertainty and utilises many cogent examples from history, philosophy and economics to argue for a radical new model for embracing the unknown.
Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2020
Uncertainty pervades the big decisions we all make in our lives. How much should we pay into our pensions each month? Should we take regular exercise? Expand the business? Change our strategy? Enter a trade agreement? Take an expensive holiday?
We do not know what the future will hold. But we must make decisions anyway. So we crave certainties which cannot exist and invent knowledge we cannot have. But humans are successful because they have adapted to an environment that they understand only imperfectly. Throughout history we have developed a variety of ways of coping with the radical uncertainty that defines our lives.
This incisive and eye-opening book draws on biography, history, mathematics, economics and philosophy to highlight the most successful - and most short-sighted - methods of dealing with an unknowable future Ultimately, the authors argue, the prevalent method of our age falls short, giving us a false understanding of our power to make predictions, leading to many of the problems we experience today.
Tightly argued, provocative and written with wit and flair, Radical Uncertainty is at once an exploration of the limits of numbers and a celebration of human instinct and wisdom.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 823 g
Dimensions: 236 x 164 x 50 mm
'If you're interested in judgement and decision-making, this book is fascinating. If that's your job, Radical Uncertainty is essential.' - Ed Smith
'In this profound yet practical book, Kay and King demonstrate the obvious - that in crucial domains, we do not, will not, cannot know what is going on - and show, nevertheless, how to retain the ability to function.' - Paul Romer
'This fascinating and well-written book will resonate way beyond economics. It deserves to be widely read.' - Mike Brearley
'John Kay and Mervyn King want more people to grasp the old distinction between risk and uncertainty forgotten by a later generation of economists.' - Niall Ferguson
'Many books will make a reader better informed or smarter. This is one of very few that will make a reader much wiser. You will live differently and better after you grasp Kay and King's seminal lessons.' - Lawrence H. Summers
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