These are notes that I write while or shortly after I read some interesting book. (A few online essays too)

Categories: (br) brain & mind, (ph) Physics

Acemoğlu & Robinson Why Nations Fail
Douglas Allen’s Institutional Evolution
Sunny Auyang’s How is Quantum Field Theory Possible?
Andrej Bauer’s (et al) The HoTT Book
William Bernstein’s A Splendid Exchange
William Bernstein’s Masters of the Word
Susan Blackmore’s The Meme Machine (br)
Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence (br)
Fred Brooks’ Design of Design
Calomiris & Haber: Fragile by Design
Andy Clark’s Whatever Next? Predictive brains, situated agents, and the future of cognitive science (br)
Ronald Coase & Ning Wang’s How China Became Capitalist
Paul Collier’s The Bottom Billion
Tyler Cowen’s Create Your Own Economy
Diane Coyle’s The Soulful Science
Gary Cziko’s Without Miracles (br)
Damasio’s Self Comes to Mind: (br)
Richard Dawkins’ The Ancestor’s Tale
Terrence Deacon’s The Symbolic Species (br)
Daniel Dennett’s Freedom Evolves (br)
John Derbyshire’s Prime Obsession
DeSalle & Perkin’s Welcome to the Microbiome
David Deutsch’s The Beginning of Infinity (ph)
Kieth Devlin’s The Math Gene (br)
Doxiadis & Papadimetriou’s Logicomix (br)
Eric Drexler’s Radical Abundance
Edelman & Tononi’s A Universe Of Consciousness (br)
Alex Epstein’s The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
Richard Feynman’s QED (ph) & QM & Path Integrals (ph)
Niall Ferguson’s The Great Degeneration
Francis Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order
Francis Fukuyama’s Political Order and Political Decay
Azar Gat’s War in Human Civilization
Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Other Minds
Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism
John Steele Gordon’s
The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street
Brian Green’s The Hidden Reality (ph)
Stephan Greenblatt’s The Swerve
Shane Greenstein’s How the Internet Became Commercial: Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network
Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide
Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind (br)
Robin Hanson’s The Age of EM (br)
Sam Harris’ The End of Faith
Jeff Hawkins’ On Intelligence (br)
Joseph Henrich’s The Secret of Our Success
Suzana Herculano-Houzel’s The Human Advantage (br)
Gregory Hickok’s The Myth of Mirror Neurons (br)
Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer
Hofstadter & Sander’s Surfaces and Essences (br)
Christian Huitema’s Routing in the Internet
Nicholas Humphrey’s Seeing Red (br)
Hurley, Dennett & Adams: Inside Jokes (br)
Jane Jacob’s Systems of Survival: read Glendon’s review
Jaffe & Lerner’s Innovation and its Discontents
Jaynes’ Theory of Probability
Garett Jones’ Hive Mind
Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow (br)
Kanerva’s Hyperdimensional Computing (br)
Kauffman’s Investigations
Christine Kenneally’s The First Word (br)
Kennefick’s Traveling at the Speed of Thought
Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict
Kounios & Beeman’s The Eureka Factor (br)
Lawrence Krauss’ A Universe from Nothing (ph)
Paul Krugman’s The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008
Nick Lane’s Why is Life the Way it is?
Robert Laughlin’s A Different Universe (ph)
Mark Edward Lewis’ The Early Chinese Empires
Michael Lewis’ The Big Short
Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys
Brink Lindsey’s The Age of Abundance
Donald MacKenzie’s Mechanizing Proof
Mandelbrot’s The (mis)Behavior of Markets
Lynn Margulis & Dorion Sagan’s Microcosmos
Thomas Martin’s Anarchism and the Question of Human Nature (br)
John McCrone’s Going Inside (br)
Menezes et al Handbook of Applied Cryptography
de Mesquita & Smith’s The Dictator’s Handbook
Thomas Metzinger’s The Ego Tunnel (br)
Micklethwait & Wooldridge’s The Fourth Revolution
Geoffrey Miller’s The Mating Mind (br)
Marvin Minsky’s The Emotion Machine (br)
Ian Morris’ War! What is it good for?
Charles Murry’s Coming Apart
Mancur Olsen’s The Logic of Collective Action
Andrew Odlyzko’s Privacy, Economics, and Price Discrimination on the Internet
Leonardo Padura’s The Man who Loved Dogs
Judea Pearl’s Causality (ph)
Roger Penrose’s The Road to Reality (ph) .
Benjamin Pierce’s Types and Programming Languages
Pinker’s The Blank Slate (The Modern Denial of Human Nature) (br)
Pinker’s The Better Angels of our Nature
Radnitsky, Bartley & Popper’s Evolutionary Epistemology
Ramachandran’s A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness (br)
Ramachandran’s The Tell-Tale Brain (br)
James Rickards’ Currency Wars
Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist
Matt Ridley’s The Evolution of Everything
Sue Savage-Rumbaugh’s Kanzi (br)
Alwyn Scott’s Stairway to the Mind
Nate Silver’s The Signal and The Noise
Lee Smolin’s The Trouble with Physics (ph)
de Soto’s The Mystery of Capital
Thomas Sowell’s The Quest for Cosmic Justice
Keith Stanovich’s The Robot’s Rebellion (br)
Keith Stanovich’s What Intelligence Tests Miss (br)
Rodney Stark’s How the West Won
James Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds
Leonard Susskind’s The Cosmic Landscape (ph)
Susskind & Friedman’s Quantum Mechanics, The Theoreticial Minimum (ph)
Susskind’s EPR=ER
Entrepreneurial Economics edited by Tabarrok
Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight (br)
Max Tegmark’s Our Mathematical Universe
Temin & Galambos’ The Fall of the Bell System
Peter Turchin’s War and Peace and War
Leslie Valiant’s Probably Approximately Correct
Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance
Steven Weinberg’s To Explain the World
Mark Weiner’s The Rule of the Clan
Peter Woit’s Not Even Wrong (ph)
Stephan Ziliak’s The Cult of Statistical Significance
Carl Zimmer’s Microcosm

Articles
Finite Math? (ph)
What Life Asks of Us
Note on paper on Cortical Simulations (br)
Caplan’s Profession
Stanley Fish’s essay French Theory in America
Norvig on Chomsky’s ideas (br)
The Infinite (ph)


Stiglitz: “The Great Divide”