Reading

22 Feb ’15 ~QofDay~ READING

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.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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