Favourite books:

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I'm always hungry for a new non-fiction book to read... Any free moment is spent reading. My views on reading

Here are some books I've read and loved (in no particular order):

Disclaimer: I've attempted to group these books by a general notion of category, although I'm sure many of these authors would protest the grouping I've chosen. However, I like clustering things for ease of navigation, and I apologize in advance for the suboptimality of my clustering scheme.

General Science

  • The Phenomenon of Science - by Valentin F. Turchin
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything - by Bill Bryson


  • The Mother Tongue - by Bill Bryson
  • The Signs of Language - by Edward Klima and Ursula Bellugi

Brain + Philosophy

  • Descartes' Error - by António Damásio
  • On Intelligence - by Jeff Hawking


  • Connectome - by Sebastian Seung
  • The Brain that Changes Itself - by Norman Doidge
  • How to Create a Mind - by Ray Kurzweil(*)


  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - by Oliver Sacks
  • Stumbling on Happiness - by Daniel Gilbert
  • The Upside of Irrationality - by Dan Ariely
  • Predictably Irrational - by Dan Ariely
  • Thinking Fast and Slow - by Daniel Kahneman
  • An Unquiet Mind - by Kay Redfield Jamison

Computing + Philosophy

  • Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - by Douglas Hofstadter
  • Affective Computing - by Rosalind W. Picard
  • The Society of Mind - by Marvin Minsky(*)


  • Artificial Intelligence - by John Haugeland
  • Plato Republic - translated by G.M.A. Grube


  • A Brief History of Time - by Stephen Hawking
  • A Briefer History of Time - by Stephen Hawking

Finance + Probability

  • Fooled by Randomness - by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Economics + Society

  • The World is Flat - by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Naked Economics - by Charles Wheelan(*)

History + Society

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel - by Jared Diamond
  • Small Places, Large Issues - by Thomas H. Eriksen
  • The Conquest of America - by Tzvetan Todorov(*)

Psychology + Society + Behavioural economics

  • Outliers - by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Tipping Point - by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink - by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Made to Stick - by Dan and Chip Heath
  • Freakonomics - by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • Superfreakonomics - by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner


  • The Selfish Gene - by Richard Dawkins
  • Your Inner Fish - by Neil Shubin
  • Mean Genes - by Terry Burnham and Jay Phelan (Psychology)
  • Sex at Dawn - by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá


  • Trick or Treatment - by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst

Animal societies

  • The Superorganism - by Bert Hölldobler and Edmund O. Wilson


  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - by Richard P. Feynman
  • What the Dog Saw - by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Moonwalking with Einstein - by Joshua Foer

(*) in-progress

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