The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable was written by Nicholas Nassim Taleb. This philosophical book was published during 2007 by Random House. It sheds light on a common characteristic of life we all encounter known as a "black swan."
A black swan is a highly improbable event consisting of three key factors: unpredictability, major influence, and our distorted perspective of its capricious nature. Taleb cites the rise of Google and the destructiveness of the September 11th terrorist attack as black swans because of how unexpected and grand they are in shaping American culture and world history.
The Black Swan is the creative embodiment of Taleb's professional career as a philosophical essayist and academic researcher in probability theory. It is the second installment of his Incerto (latin for uncertainty) trilogy. Other trilogy components are Antifragile (first installment) and Fooled by Randomness (third installment).