I'm very interested in Media which significantly change the quality of my life by engaging with them. Books usually have the most impact for me, coming close to what is possible with immersive environments which I cover elsewhere. I cannot imagine my life without the contributions made by these Media.
If you like these Books and other Media or are inspired to read them soon, I'd love to share our experience of them. In the case of the books that are especially deep or are best read over a period of time, I'd love to have regular conversations with you while you read them and it might inspire me to read them again. The same goes for my other favorite authors and books
I rarely take the time to comment on fiction but some of it has made a huge impact on my life. I mention some works and many of my favorite authors in my favorite authors and books page. I'd love to share favorite works and authors with you!
I've just finished re-reading Nonzero. Robert Heinlein once defined a good book as one which you can read again and get more out of it, and a great book as one which you can read again and again and keep getting more out of it. Nonzero is definitely in the great category. A conversation I was having recently with John Smart of the Acceleration Studies Foundation reminded me of Nonzero and made it clear to me that a re-read was in order. In Nonzero, Robert Wright brilliantly applies game theory to the evolution of life and human culture and makes an excellent case for the continuous expansion of non-zero-sum games in both arenas, giving a strong direction of progressive change in both. The book is much deeper and broader than that simple sentence implies, and I consider the book a must read for anyone who is interested in the nature of being human.
These are books best read as part of a study group, I think. Ideally with access to an expert mentor and/or someone who's recently studied them. Let me know if you'd like to pursue that journey!
I've been wanting to study Geometric Albebra for ages because it make much of Physics and other areas of science much more accessible - it looks like one of the best mathematical systems ever developed for understanding the Universe. However, it's hard (at least for me) to learn deep new areas of mathematics for myself. I was delighted by the appearance of this new book because it allows me to explore Geometric Algebra in a more familiar and tractable context, Computer Graphics, along with software tools which can render the objects which have been constructed. I still expect that reading through this will be a challenging (and exciting) journey and would love companions if you're interested.
I love computer programming and all of the books and languages I've used up until recently have been severely limited in their approaches. This is the first book to cover most of the major computer programming models and it uses one of the best programming environments (Mozart/Oz) for its examples. I'm having a blast reading the book and doing the exercises. Soon I'll need to come up with some really challenging projects to exploit the power of Mozart/Oz. The only flaw in my mind is the bias against lexical typing. If you're seriously interested in computer programming, this one is a must read.
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