Book Recommendations

 

Some of the Most Interesting Books I’ve read the last few years. (Updated Occasionally)

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger, 3rd Edition

This book is for those who love the constant search for knowledge. It is in the spirit of Charles Munger, who says, “All I want to know is where I’m going to die so I’ll never go there.” There are roads that lead to unhappiness. An understanding of how and why we can “die” should help us avoid them. We can’t eliminate mistakes, but we can prevent those that can really hurt us.”

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life


“This is the most unconventional and uncomfortable self- help book you will ever read. But probably also the most important.” –Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist at MIT; coauthor of Machine

Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

“With the rise of bitcoin and blockchain technology, investors can capitalize on the greatest investment opportunity since the Internet. Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders shows you how to navigate this brave new blockchain world―and how to invest in these emerging assets to secure your financial future.”

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

“A startling and sweeping examination of the increasingly ubiquitous commercial effort to capture and commodify our attention. . . . We’ve become the consumers, the producers, and the content. We are selling ourselves to ourselves.” —The New Republic 


The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge

“Ridley shows how hard it has been for even the most definite evolutionists to fully abandon the notion of a guiding intelligence…Yet that is what the hard evidence…that Ridley adduces in every chapter compels us all to do.” (Booklist (starred review))

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

“Tegmark’s new book is a deeply thoughtful guide to the most important conversation of our time, about how to create a benevolent future civilization as we merge our biological thinking with an even greater intelligence of our own creation.” —Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Author and Futurist, author of The Singularity is Near and How to Create a Mind

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

“This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics briskly explains Einstein’s general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. Carlo Rovelli, a renowned theoretical physicist, is a delightfully poetic and philosophical scientific guide. He takes us to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds. The book celebrates the joy of discovery.”

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

“In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.”

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

“An entertaining, intelligently presented book… Craftily programmed to build from one good idea to the next… The value of being aware of algorithmic thinking―of the thornier details of ‘human algorithm design,’ as Christian and Griffiths put it―is not just better problem solving, but also greater insight into the human mind. And who doesn’t want to know how we tick?”

Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible

“Many people are confused about science—about what it is, how it is practiced, and why it is the most powerful method for understanding ourselves and the universe that our species has ever devised. In Faith vs. Fact, Coyne has written a wonderful primer on what it means to think scientifically, showing that the honest doubts of science are better—and more noble—than the false certainties of religion. This is a profound and lovely book. It should be required reading at every college on earth.”
Sam Harris, author of  The End of Faith, The Moral Landscape, and Waking Up 

Modern Romance

“At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?”