Original article from Wired.com
1. Feynman’s Tips on Physics – A short companion book to Richard Feynman’s classic Lectures on Physics. Always worthwhile to return to the feet of the master.
2. The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics – Bought this to use with one of my kids. Helpful in explaining a complicated subject to a teenager.
3. Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel – I don’t read a lot of fiction, but I thought this was an interesting study of the moral implications of technology. Will technology contribute to everyone’s well-being or just make people more narcissistic?
4. The Great Courses (DVD) – I left college early, but I’m probably the world’s biggest consumer of academic courses online and on disc. Lately I’ve been enjoying Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception and Oceanography: Exploring Earth’s Final Wilderness. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s lectures on astrophysics, My Favorite Universe, are also really compelling.
5. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? – I’m a big Jared Diamond fan; I invited people to read this with me last summer.
6. Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffet on Practically Everything – Any compilation of Warren Buffett’s wisdom should be kept close at all times. Financial journalist Carol Loomis gathers some of his best here.
7. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal – I read this to prepare for a family vacation to Panama. It’s pure McCullough: epic drama, political intrigue, heartbreaking defeats, and eventual triumph.
8. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined – One of the most important books I’ve read. Steven Pinker demonstrates how the world evolved to be far less violent. Counterintuitive, if you watch the news, but true.