Books I like

This is a work in progress page. I'm starting to collect some names here which I will enrich with more information when I have the time.

Rating: On a scale from one to five, where five is the best. The rating is a proxy for how happy I was to have read that book at that time.

Name Author Comment Personal Rating
Flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Great book, definitely one of the most motivating I have ever read 5
Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays Rebecca Solnit Book on Feminism with short anecdotes, makes you really angry at some type of men. I would recommend this book to all men 5
Decisive Moments in History Stefan Zweig Collection of short stories of famous historical events and the view of the protagonist 5
The Gene: An intimate history Siddhartha Mukherjee Started with a course on analysis of gene data at ETH, wanted to understand the bigger picture and story behind the field. Very motivating for course work and helps putting things into a bigger context 4.5
The lean startup Eric Ries - 4.5
Ultralearning Scott Young Not too long and has good suggestions for implementation 4.5
Range David Epstein Many nice examples, core message is short, but its a good reminder and has very inspiring anecdotes. Is a bit one-sided though and I would like to read a book like "Outliers" in the future to see the arguments of proponents of the exact opposite view 4.5
Fooled by Randomness Nassim Nicholas Taleb Hidden chance in life and markets. Enjoyed his style of writing a lot 4.5
The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World Adam Gazzaley - 4.5
The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg - 4.5
Mindset Dr. Carol Dweck The message will be familiar to most of us, but the book is great to 'feel' it and internalise it into your thinking 4.5
Deep Medicine Eric Topol The book feels like a tour of all application areas. Very interesting, but I wished he would go into more depth technically. 4
Thinking Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman - 4
Quantum Computing for everyone Chris Bernhardt Very useful to get started with quantum computing, quite a lot of math, but alright if you're alright with tensormath 4
How to Read a Book Mortimer J. Adler - 4
Willpower Roy F. Baumeister - 4
Atomic Habits James Clear - 4
12 Rules for Life Jordan B. Peterson - 4
The Marshmallow Test Walter Mischel - 4
Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ Daniel Goleman - 4
We should all be feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 4
Show your work Austin Kleon 2020 I thought a lot about how I could link learning with knowledge sharing, this book among other things motivated me to create this website 4
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics Tim Marshall - 4
Deep Work Cal Newport - 3.5
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Prof Klaus Schwab - 3
What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets Michael J Sandel Very anecdotal; didn't feel like there were many important messages 2
Blockchain Revolution Prof Klaus Schwab - 2

Books that I am currently reading

Name Author Comment
I contain multitudes Ed Yong About microorganisms
Classical Mechanics - The theoretical minimum Leonard Susskind & George Hrabovsky Basic physics, not a textbook
Future Food Jan Grossarth This started with the question I had after travelling to Sierra Leone of whether smth. like an avocado farm in an underdeveloped country could (a) be a great way to create income for poor communities while (b) also be a sound business.
High Output Management Andrew Grove From former Intel CEO, apparently very popular in the nineties
The story of art Ernst Gombrich Overview of art throughout art, explains how different styles and techniques were invented and developed
The Book of Why Judea Pearl & Dana Mackenzie Causal statistics
Steal like an artist Austin Kleon -
Anything you want Derek Sivers -

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