In your opinion, which are the five ‘must read’ books and why?
Second time – last one disappeared on me just as I finished the last sentence.
1 Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins – A powerful treatment of evolution, how it works, in both the realm of genes and the realm of memes (ideas/behaviours), and also powerful for detailing not just the role of competition, but also the profound role of cooperation in the emergence of new levels of complexity.
2 Goedel, Escher, Bach – Eternal Golden Braid – Doug Hofstadter – a powerful treatment of perhaps the most profound piece of logic ever created – Kurt Goedel’s incompleteness theorem.
3 A history of economic thought – Eric Roll – a relative small yet very readable digest of the subject.
4 Relativity; The special and general theory – Albert Einstein – tends to shake up the classical notion of time.
5 A critique of Pure Reason – Immanuel Kant – many errors with the hindsight of the datasets we have available today, yet still a profound work, worthy of study.