Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, October 2004
Attention conservation notice: I have no taste.
- Bruce Schneier, Beyond
Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World
by Respectful of Otters
- Robert M. Solow, Learning
from "Learning by Doing": Lessons for Economic Growth
- I can't honestly say you should buy this, but it's really worth
reading if you care about the topic.
- Spiro Kostof, The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History
- My father was one of Kostof's students in architecture school, and has
enthused about him for as long as I can remember. If his classes were anything
like this very learned, humane, skeptical and intelligent book, I can see
- Charles Stross, The Atrocity Archives
- Lovecraftian science fiction from the man who brought you A Colder War; but much lighter.
- Terry Pratchett, Going
- Not Pratchett's best, but still very fun.
- Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, The
Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of
- Fun, when you forget that the frauds and blunders described inflicted a
good deal of harm on many people.
- J. L. Berggren, Episodes
in the Mathematics of Medieval Islam
- Very good not just at explaining what the medieval Islamic mathematicians
did, and the historical context in which they worked, but also bringing out the
distinctively mathematical themes and aspects of their work.
Accessible to anyone with a decent memory of high school mathematics.
- Avram Davidson, Limekiller
- One of the
- John A. Hall and Charles Lindholm, Is
America Breaking Apart?
- Their answer is "No, don't be silly". I'd like to accept that
wholeheartedly, and they make many strong arguments, but I can't help feeling
that the summer of 2001 was not the most propitious of times to release this
book, and I wonder if they wouldn't like to revise and extend their
- Michael Lind, Up
from Conservatism: Why the Right Is Wrong for America
- The vast right-wing conspiracy: how it works and for whom, by an unusually
intelligent and honest former employee. His chapters on the "triangular trade"
and conservative myths are themselves worth the price of admission.
- George L. Mosse, The
Crisis of German Ideology: Intellectual Origins of the Third
Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur
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