Reading List

I write because I read. This is a list of 50 books that have most influenced my thinking.

Naturally, I don’t agree with everything written in these books. In some cases, I don’t even agree with the core argument. But they all at least provide an interesting frame.

A few are tough to read, but overall, it’s a good map of the big topics. I hope it helps.

SCIENCE

Behave by Robert Sapolsky

The Evolving Self by Robert Kegan

The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch

A General Theory of Love by Lewis, Amini & Lannon

The Red Queen by Matt Ridley

How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Energy by Vaclav Smil

Reinventing the Sacred by Stuart Kauffman

CULTURE & TECHNOLOGY

The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault

Liquid Modernity by Zygmunt Bauman

Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan

Breaking Smart by Venkatesh Rao

Technopoly by Neil Postman

Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital by Carlota Perez

Why Information Grows by Cesar Hidalgo

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Notes of the Synthesis of Form by Christopher Alexander

BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Madame Curie by Eve Curie

 

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