Current Reading List

Dec 2017

Someone mentioned they would be interested in finding out what I’m reading at the moment. So I thought I’d share this here but I wanna know what you guys are reading too so please comment 🙂

I tend to start many books at the same time with the result that it takes me ages to finish them… So the list is long and some of them I don’t have much to say about. But let’s give it a try anyway.

Amusing Ourselves to Death (Neil Postman)

Amusing Ourselves to Death (Neil Postman)

A little while ago, I read an interesting article by Andrew Postman explaining how his father had been right: while everyone was obsessing about Orwell’s 1984, what actually was coming our way was Huxley’s Brave New World dystopia. I found his point interesting and picked up Postman’s book, written in the 80’s. Some of it feels a little dated but it’s well constructed and makes very interesting points about our society of entertainment.

The End of Education (Neil Postman)

The End of Education (Neil Postman)

Looking for Amusing Ourselves to Death, I stumbled upon this other work of Postman’s. It’s refreshing to find a book that questions the why of education (“the end” in the title referring to both meanings of the word)… and that wasn’t written by Dan Greenberg. So far, Postman’s been constructing his logical reflection, I’m curious as to which conclusions he’ll take from there. Keep you posted (pun intended).

Dragon Ball (Akira Toriyama)

Dragon Ball (Akira Toriyama)

Well… yeah. I read the original series as a kid and loved it. A few months ago, I donated my collection to my daughter’s school and a couple of weeks ago I saw a kid reading it there and that made me feel like rediscovering it. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by the cringeworthy anime and franchise: the original series is delicious. Goku is that small kid with a monkey tail, totally clueless but with an unworldly strength and talent for martial arts. Fun.

The End of Average (Todd Rose)

The End of Average (Todd Rose)

Again picked up after reading an article about the author. I’m not so sure about all the points he’s trying to make: some of it feels forced and exaggerated (“I want to tell you about something as important as the discovery of germs”). But his little history of the use of averages when relating to humans (starting – according to him – with the Belgian astronomer who invented social physics) is enlightening and does make me want to know where he’s going with it.

Turning Learning Right Side Up (Daniel Greenberg & Russel Ackoff)

Turning Learning Right Side Up (Daniel Greenberg, Russel Ackoff)

This one I’m actually reading for the second time. It’s a wonderful conversation between two of the greatest minds. It’s a book on education, but that leads them to talking about many other things. Definitely worth it.

Principles of Mathematics (C. B. and Oakley, C. O. Allendoerfer)

Principles of Mathematics (C. B. and Oakley, C. O. Allendoerfer)

This summer I took a little online course on Machine Learning and I wanted a refresher on many mathematical concepts. While visiting Sudbury Valley School for two weeks, I looked into their collection of math books and picked up this one. Turns out it explains everything from the beginning (starting with a great chapter on logics) with a level of clarity I hadn’t yet encountered. I forgot to put the book back when I left the school so I took it home (sorry guys!). Now I have to send it back to them… and buy my own copy!

So that’s my list for the moment. Now, your turn! What are you reading right now? 🙂

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