A Brief Candle in the Dark

Richard Dawkins

Dawkins’ autobiography, the second part.

An Appetite for Wonder

Richard Dawkins 75%

Dawkins’ autobiography, the first part

Your Music and People

Derek Sivers 85%

How you should promote yourself and your music creatively

Sedm zákonů

Miroslav Bárta

Pohled na zrod, vzestup a pád civilizací z výšky. Směs Diamonda, Harariho, Roslinga, …

How To

Randall Munroe 80%

Another funny book from the author of XKCD comics.

Jak se dělá imunita

Blanka Říhová 60%

Stručný přehled o fungování imunity

Superforecasting

Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner 75%

How to be better at forecasting. How to overcome our biases.

Project Hail Mary

Andy Weir 90%

A highschool teacher on a suicide mission to save the humanity

Thinking in Bets

Annie Duke 75%

A poker player teaches us how to decide under uncertainty

Starship Troopers

Robert Henlein 70%

A story about a young man who became a soldier accidentally, then became a lieutenant. All while fighting bugs in our galaxy.

Gump

Filip Rožek 70%

Pěkný příběh. Číšila z toho láska k psům a zvířatům.

How to Avoid Climatic Disaster

Bill Gates 70%

An overview of challenges on the way to carbon-neutral future by Bill Gates

Freakonomics

Levitt, Dubner 75%

An original take on many topics

The Rational Optimist

Matt Ridley 70%

The best time to live is now. And it will be even better.

Quiet

Susan Cain 65%

Our world needs introverts. Being introvert is normal.

Numbers don't lie

Václav Smil 75%

Interesting number facts about the world, a bit like Factfulness.

The Martian

Andy Weir 90%

A survivor’s journal on Mars

Snow Crash

Neil Stephenson 75%

A sci-fi novel coining terms as Metaverse and Avatar

Stalker

Arkady, Boris Strugatsky 80%

A well known philosophical sci-fi novel

I, robot

Isaac Asimov 85%

An anthology of Asimov’s great stories about robots, artificial intelligence etc.

How to live

Derek Sivers 85%

One of a few authors who writes about ideas without any unnecessary words

Give and Take

Adam Grant 60%

Givers, takers and matchers. Givers are the most and least successful of all. I had to stop listening to this.

The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

Edward B. Burger 80%

Five steps toward a better thinking.

Hell Yes or No

Derek Sivers 90%

A brief but dense book full of wit, clever questions, ideas and thought food. Derek is compressing many self-help and life-hack books and it is

Solaris

Stanisław Lem 80%

A unique planet orbiting two suns is explored by scientists who are completely clueless. The planet creates persons from the scientists’ hidden memories but they fail to communicate and comprehend the planet.

Surfaces and Essences

Douglas R. Hofstadter 85%

Another book from my favourite author Hofstadter.

Heroes

Stephen Fry 80%

Fry is doing a great job of retelling the ancient well-known stories. As good as his previous book.

War of Art

Steven Pressfield 60%

How to overcome the resistance to do anything important and to achieve your goals.

How not to Die

Michael Greger 85%

A scientific approach for choosing what to eat. It turns out you should eat plant-based, non-processed, whole food.

Beginning of Infinity

David Deutsch 90%

A scientific and optimistic view of our future. A really captivating book.

Can't Hurt Me

David Goggins 75%

Almost unbelievable life story of David Goggins who probably lacks self-preservation instinct. Too extreme to be a true self-help book, but there are some truths in what he is telling (preaching).

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie 50%

One of the oldest self-help books. I am not the intended audience. I couldn’t follow his rules and being true to myself, authentic and consistent.

From Bacteria to Bach and Back

Daniel Dennett 75%

Dennett’s latest attempt at explaining our mind and its evolution.

When Things Fall Apart

Pema Chödrön 75%

A soothing voice will tell you how to cope with problems in your life, but not how to solve them.

Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill 30%

Self-help book from 1937. After reading so many self-help book before this one, I realized it gets boring…

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Robin S. Sharma 85%

A self-help novel, full of great wisdoms packed into a bit weird story.

Calling Bullshit

Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West 80%

How to spot bullshit and what to do after that. Funny and important book.

Sum

David Eagleman 80%

40 short stories with a twist at the end from a very imaginative neuroscientist.

Slepé skvrny

Daniel Prokop 80%

Palčivé problémy Česka v podání předního sociologa, který neváhá kritizovat levici i pravici.

The Science Book

DK 80%

A brief history of natural sciences. Heavily biased towards physics and chemistry.

The Missionary Position

Christopher Hitchens 80%

Mother Teresa’s morals and believes clearly belong to the past.

The Evolution of Everything

Matt Ridley 65%

If you push enough, everything can be explained with evolution theory.

The Code Book

Simon Singh 65%

The history of cryptography from the acknowledged popular science (maths) book author.

Social Engineering

Christopher Hadnagy 70%

Learn some actionable practices to hack human brain of other people and exploit it’s attributes and weaknesses.

Putin's People

Catherine Belton 75%

How Putin raised his power, gained control of whole industries, banks, companies and ruled Russia with the help of KGB and FSB. Not overwhelmingly pleasant to read.

How Innovation Works

Matt Ridley 60%

Innovation is a long, messy and complex process. The contributions of single scientics and inventors is overstated.

Cosmos

Carl Sagan 75%

Sagan is one of the most prominent popular science author and this book was even turned into a series.

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

Adam Rutherford 80%

What can modern DNA analysis tell us about our ancestors? A lot actually.

Thirty Million Words

Dana Susking, Beth Suskind 65%

Encourage your child’s ability to self-regulate

Outgrowing God

Richard Dawkins 75%

Another briliant book from the great Dawkins. You love him or you hate him. I love him.

Můj Janáček

Milan Kundera 70%

Kunderův příspěvek k Janáčkově odkazu

This is Your Brain on Music

Oliver Sack 65%

I’ve read Sack’s Musicophilia and it was much better.

The Language Insinct

Steven Pinker 65%

He is a great author, but personally, he gets natural language completely wrong.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot 80%

I should probably read the whole book, this blink certainly was interesting!

The Great Mental Models II

Shane Parrish, Rhiannon Beaubien 55%

Comparatively worse than the first book (blink)

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds

Nicholas Boothman 75%

This books comes with a classification of people into three groups: visual, tonal and motoric, which seems quite plausible and useful.

How to Create a Mind

Ray Kurzweil 60%

Hard to tell if the book is really so bad by the blink but I was expecting little more from such an author.

Genius

James Gleick 60%

A biography of Richard Feynman. Nothing memorable.

Conscious

Annaka Harris 65%

A hard topic to write about. I expected a bit more since Sam Harris (her husband) and some other notable authors and scientists have recommended the book.

The Parasitic Mind

Gad Saad 50%

Bit misleading title for the book full of angry arguments against overly liberal policies mainly in USA. I stopped listening to the audio version of the book circa in the middle.

Antifragile

Nassim Nicholas Taleb 70%

Taleb introduces another great term—antifragility—which can be found in many areas. And which can be consciously improved. It’s more than robustness.

Lifespan

David A. Sinclair 85%

There is a slight chance that our generation can live to 100 years with a good health. There is also a non-negligible chance that we won’t die.

Edison

Vítězslav Nezval 45%

Bylo tu však něco krásného co drtí odvaha a radost z života i smrti…

The Great Mental Models I

Shane Parrish, Rhiannon Beaubien 75%

Probably the best (and funniest) was Hanlon’s razor: never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity

The Book of Why

Judea Pearl 75%

Not very engaging but definitely important topic of correlation, causation, statistics and AI.

Making the Modern World

Václav Smil 70%

Hard to assess properly from blink, but Bill Gates recommends this author repeatedly so I should probably read something unabridged from him in the future.

Life 3.0

Max Tegmark 70%

Probably need to read it in full.

Algorithms to Live By

Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths 65%

Well known algorithms. Nothing extraordinary.

How to Lie with Statistics

Darrell Huff 70%

Maybe blinkist is summarizing the books badly as I tend to score the books from Blinkist quite low.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Robert T. Kiyosaki 75%

Learning at work is win-win: you earn money and at the same time learn new things so invest into yourself. Buy assets, not liabilities. Invest as soon as possible.

Mindset

by Carol S. Dweck 75%

Fixed vs growth mindset. The former is limiting you, the latter will help ou to improve yourself quickly.

Čtyři po půlnoci

Stephen King 75%

Obsahuje dvě povídky – Časožrouti a Skryté okno do skryté zahrady.

Zázračný úklid

Marie Kondō 55%

If you are a hoarder, you need to read this. If you have too many things in your house, you should read this. If you are a minimalist, skip it.

Záhada hlavolamu

Jaroslav Foglar 95%

Rychlé šípy ve Stínadlech

Z čeho jsou utkány sny

Johannes Mario Simmel 75%

The title is taken from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.

Why we sleep

Matthew Walker 80%

Walker is exaggerating to emphasize his point, but there is a lot of interesting facts.

Všichni lidé bratry jsou

Johannes Mario Simmel 90%

Moje první Simmelovka, na doporučení taťky.

Vraždy v ulici Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe 85%

Výběr povídek od Poea. Klasika!

Vesnické povídky

Václav Koubek 75%

Útlá knížečka od českého písničkáře. Vtipné povídky.

Ubik

Philip K. Dick 75%

Přečteno na doporučení Vojty Hanuše. Klasika sci-fi žánru.

Trnová dívka

Jáchym Topol 30%

Tuto knihu jsem pravděpodobně vůbec nepochopil, možná jsem ji četl příliš brzy.

Three-body problem

Cixin Liu 90%

I enjoyed it almost as books from A. C. Clarke and other titans of sci-fi.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F٭ck

Mark Manson 95%

One of the best self-help books I’ve ever read.

The Running Man

Stephen King 75%

Sci-fi od krále hororu

The Return of the King

J. R. R. Tolkien 75%

Must read.

The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien 75%

Must read

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck 55%

Asi bych musel být Američan, aby mě ta kniha bavila.

The Girl Who Played with Fire

Stieg Larsson 60%

The second part of the trilogy.

The Dark Forest

Liu Cixin 85%

Druhý díl trilogie

The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker 75%

A clever argument in favour of optimism.

Talking to strangers

Malcolm Gladwell 55%

Just several anecdotal stories about how people can’t really understand and predict each other

Tajemství Velkého Vonta

Jaroslav Foglar 95%

Třetí díl stínadelské trilogie

Stínadla se bouří

Jaroslav Foglar 95%

Druhý díl stínadelské trilogie

Sni svůj bláhový sen

Johannes Mario Simmel 75%

Nevím o čem to bylo, ale bylo to dobrý.

Setkání s Rámou

Arthur C. Clarke 75%

Hard sci-fi. Classic.

Sbohem, můj krásný plameni

Zdeněk Mahler 90%

Velmi napínavé, mírně nepřesné, ale čtivé a zábavné.

Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky 70%

Ramblings on rationality, biases, false believes, artificial intelligence, …

Příběhy Sherlocka Holmese

Arthur Conan Doyle 95%

Klasika.

Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell 70%

Malcolm is a good storyteller but I don’t enjoy his books very much.

Nikdo není ostrov

Johannes Mario Simmel 85%

Navzdory básník zpívá

Jarmila Loukotková 85%

Četba této knížky mi zařídila 1 z maturity z češtiny, protože jsem si vytáhl téma renesance.

Mythos

Stephen Fry 80%

It was so good, that I bought it in Czech for my grandma. She loved it and now it circulates in our family.

Muž s dýmkou a houslemi

Sirt Arthur Conan Doyle 85%

Mozartova cesta do Prahy

Eduard Mörike 70%

Kdysi jsem si to půjčil z adamovské knihovny.

Mozart – Stopy transcendence

Hans Kueng 25%

Myslím, že mi to půjčil pan prof. Hanuš.

Motýlek

Henri Charriére 85%

Láska je jen slovo

Johannes Mario Simmel 85%

Logicomix

Apostolos K. Doxiadis 75%

I read it in Czech as my neighbour borrowed me the book.

Kdo chytá v žitě

J. D. Salinger 55%

Povinná četba na střední. Typický příklad knihy, kterou jsem četl dřív, než jsem měl. Tipuji, že kdybych ji četl teď, hodnotil bych ji lépe.

Karí povídky

Václav Koubek 75%

Četl jsem myslím cestou z Prahy od Barnáše, který mi je půjčil. Ve vlaku jsem přečetl obě i Vesnické povídky.

Karpatské hry

Miloslav Nevrlý 95%

Jedna z knih, která mne formovala. Četl jsem ji několikrát.

Jáma a kyvadlo

Edgar Allan Poe 90%

Soubor povídek

Jeden den Ivana Děnisoviče

Alexandr Solženicyn 75%

Popis jednoho obyčejného dne v gulagu na Sibiři v 50. letech 20. století

J. S. Bach

Otto Bettmann 65%

Encyklopedicky uspořádaná biografie J. S. Bacha

Hoši od Bobří řeky

Jaroslav Foglar 75%

Kronika pražské Dvojky

Hospodské povídky

Václav Koubek 60%

Jednu knížku z Koubkových povídek jsem četl později než ty dvě další…

God is not great

Christopher Hitchens 70%

Hitchens has much more arguments against religions than other prominentatheist writers (e.g. Dawkins with his God’s delusion) and this book seemed more compelling.

Everything is Fucked

Mark Manson 75%

His previous book was much better, but this one is better compared to other self-help books I have read.

Enlightenment now

Steven Pinker 65%

Velmi dlouhý argument o tom, proč je věda, vzdělání dobrá.

Džungle před tabulí

Evan Hunter 65%

Příběh o učiteli v New Yorku

Dějiny

Hérodotos 75%

Půjčil jsem si od Dana Kropáčka, nebo na jeho doporučení jsem přečetl.

Dva divoši

Ernest Thompson Seton 80%

Krásné dobrodružství kluků v přírodě až příliš krutě uťaté realitou tehdejšího života.

Dobrodružství v zemi nikoho

Jaroslav Foglar 75%

Dobrodružný příběh o stavbě srubu na tajném a úžasném místě

Den Trifidů

John Wydham 85%

A lot of material for thinking about our society and psychology

Death's End

Liu Cixin 75%

It. Was. Grand. I consider it to be almost on a par with A. C. Clarke’s work.

Chvály Zadní země

Miloslav Nevrlý 75%

Méně známá knížečka od libereckého poutníka Míly Nevrlého.

Boj o první místo

Jaroslav Foglar 60%

Jedna z nejslabších knih od Foglara

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari 80%

The third book from Harari, probably the weakest of the three, but still a fun to read.

Mým marodům

Jan Hnízdil 60%

Spousta zajímavých myšlenek, ale je potřeba autora brát s rezervou. Což je tedy potřeba asi vždy a všude.

Deep Work

Cal Newport 70%

It was not so eye-opening, probably because I’ve read a bunch of similar books before this one—I liked Essentialism much more.

The Death's End

Cixin Liu 85%

It. Was. Grand. I consider it to be almost on a par with A. C. Clarke’s work.

The Three-Body Problem

Remembrance of Earth’s Past 75%

The first fiction book after a while and it was worth it. I want more!

Essentialism

Greg McKeown 90%

One of the best self-help book I’ve read.

The 4-Hour Workweek

Timothy Ferriss 75%

Stop working and fully enjoy your life! Easy, isn’t it?

It Starts With Food

Hartwig, Melissa, Hartwig, Dallas

Whole30 diet, not very good for vegans and vegetarians :)

Homo Deus

Yuval Noah Harari 85%

If you consider yourself an intellectual, you should read this since all people considering themselves as intellectuals probably have read this book as well, myself included.

Sapiens

Yuval Noah Harari 90%

An instant favourite. What a thinker this Harari!

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg 65%

Understand how habits are made and broken and change your life!

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Richard P. Feynman 80%

Funny. So famous that you need to read it.

The Laws of Simplicity

John Maeda 70%

The topic of simplicity is really complex.

The Moral Landscape

Sam Harris 75%

An attempt at formalizing or defining morality. That’s a hard task, but Harris doesn’t fail completely.

The Gene

Siddhartha Mukherjee 55%

Not so good as his previous book about cancer.

Economix

Michael Goodwin 75%

Great non-fiction comix. I want more of these!

Science in the Soul

Richard Dawkins 60%

Richard Dawkins selected short writings

Factfulness

Hans Rosling 95%

Knihu jsem koupil babičce (česky). Clippings from Kindle If you want to convince someone they are suffering from a misconception, it’s very useful to be able to test their opinion against the data. Eighty-five percent of mankind are already inside the box that used to be named “developed world.” Most of your firsthand experiences are from Level 4; and that your secondhand experiences are filtered through the mass media, which loves nonrepresentative extraordinary events and shuns normality.

The End of Faith

Sam Harris 75%

Another attempt at attacking religion from one of Four Horsemen.

The Formation of Vegetable Mould

Charles Darwin 75%

The last book of Darwin which perfectly shows how rigorous he was and that he was such a talent for discovering of long-term phenomena.

Thing Explainer

Randall Munroe 95%

You can’t make a mistake with anything from Randall Munroe if you like science and engineering. He is brilliant.

I Contain Multitudes

Ed Yong 55%

It felt to me like a very long blog entry or a longish article on web rather than a science popular book.

Open Access

Peter Suber 55%

A good overview of the issue with publishing science

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Thomas S. Kuhn 60%

Hard to read. Both history and acquaintance made me doubt that practitioners of the natural sciences possess firmer or more permanent answers to such questions than their colleagues in social science. (Friday, July 17, 2015, 03:59 PM, page 73-74) Normal science, for example, often suppresses fundamental novelties because they are necessarily subversive of its basic commitments. (Friday, July 17, 2015, 04:29 PM, page 212-13) That is why a new theory, however special its range of application, is seldom or never just an increment to what is already known.

Metamagical Themas

Douglas R. Hofstadter 80%

An anthology of Hofstadter’s articles in Scientific American

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson 75%

A good non-fiction audiobook if you are cooking or cleaning your room.

Chaos

James Gleick 60%

An overview of a completely new scientific field

The Demon-Haunted World

Carl Sagan 90%

A great book by a great scholar. I expected more science and less politics, but still, great reading.

Guns, germs, and steel

Jared M. Diamond 60%

Goodreads review: I agree with the opinion in the book and I like the whole idea but the arguments could have been much shorter and denser. It was bit boring. emergence of writing around 3,000 B.C. also receives brief treatment, although it constitutes 99.9% of the five-million-year history of the human species. (Friday, July 17, 2015, 05:25 PM, page 133-35) Today, most live-born Western infants survive fatal infections as well and reproduce themselves, regardless of their intelligence and the genes they bear.

The Ancestor's Tale

Richard Dawkins 80%

Goodreads review: Another great book from Dawkins. I would love to have like 100 more pictures to illustrate the living or extinct animals. I think it could be made much more accessible even for non-biologists by adding more illustrations and pictures. I would also expect at least some discussion about viruses, viroids, prions even they are not considered as life and not part of the tree of life. And mind that there is a great wiki page about the book with survey of the ancestors and concestors.

Gödel, Escher, Bach

Douglas R. Hofstadter 75%

Probably the hardest book I’ve ever read. If you want to get the overall idea, read I am a strange loop instead.

What If?

Randall Munroe 100%

What If is an instant favourite for me. Funny, full of interesting stuff.

On Intelligence

Sandra Blakeslee and Jeff Hawkins 85%

This book had an impact on me while working on my PhD thesis as it resonated with my view of artificial (machine) intelligence. I think that I borrowed it from NLP centre’s library and it is a book from Pavel Rychlý. Lex Fridman’s podcast with Jeff Criterions for brain models inclusion of time in brain function importance of feedback model should account for neocortex structure auto-associative memory retrieving patterns (p.

Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing

Christopher D. Manning 75%

Sometimes it felt a bit out-dated but the explanations of various algorithms and principles was very good and understanable.

Consciousness Explained

Daniel C. Dennett 45%

The quasivisual nature of the phenomenology of comprehension has been almost entirely ignored by researchers in cognitive science, particularly in Artificial Intelligence, who have attempted to create language-understanding computer systems. Why have they turned their beck on the phenomenology? Probably largely beceuse of their conviction that the phenomenology, however real and fascinating, is nonfunctional — a wheel that turns but engages none of the important machinery of comprehension. (Sunday, October 19, 2014, 04:53 PM, page 56)

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

Richard Dawkins (ed.) 80%

A contemporary has said, not unjustly, that in this materialistic age of ours the ser ious scientifi c workers are the only profoundly religious people. (Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 04:19 PM, page 257) ‘More is different’ (Monday, September 29, 2014, 07:17 AM, page 400)

The Red Queen

Matt Ridley 80%

Doporučení od Honzy Michelfeita. Goodreads review: Packed with new information, many examples, clever ideas - it was delight to read each day on my way to work. The evolution processes are much more complex than we could ever imagine - propelled by the Red Queen phenomenon. Despite the fact our brains have not been designed to understand fully their own evolution but it is nice keep trying to learn more and more about it - and this is so awesome, the never ending story of science!

Labyrinths

Jorge Luis Borges

“Why take five hundred pages,” he asks, “to develop an idea whose oral demonstration fits into a few minutes?” (Thursday, June 19, 2014, 07:14 PM, page 155) As the Argentine novelist Ernesto Sábato remarked in 1945, “if Borges were French or Czech, we would all be reading him enthusiastically in bad translations.” (Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:43 AM, page 303-4)

Language Myths

Laurie Bauer (ed.) 60%

A set of short articles about language myths. Some great, some weak, but good overall.

The Extended Phenotype

Richard Dawkins 60%

The book was quite hard to follow since it is very academical and if you are not acquainted with biology and genetics I think it will be hard to follow for you too.

Musicophilia

Oliver Sacks 80%

It is clear from this book that music and its perception is very deeply engraved into our brain.

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

Charles Darwin 80%

This is a must-read for all students. The style is not very entertaining but there are only a few such impactful book in the world.

The Paradox of Choice

Barry Schwartz 60%

If I read this book before all those Arielys, Kahnemans, then it would be much more interesting and mind-boggling.

Bad Science

Ben Goldacre 80%

An overview of the problems with the current state of science and its methods and procedures

I Am a Strange Loop

Douglas R. Hofstadter 95%

Hofstadter’s Law, which states, “It always takes longer than you think it will take, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law”), (Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 03:26 PM, page 457-58) publish-or-perish pressures, or perhaps even worse, the relentless pressures of grant-chasing. (Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 04:05 PM, page 502-3) I wish that more thinkers wrote in a first-person fashion. (Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 04:12 PM, page 512-13) It is curious, how one often mistrusts one’s own opinions if they are stated by someone else.

The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown 75%

My first book read in English and while travelling.

The Emperor of All Maladies

Siddhartha Mukherjee 80%

Cancer seems to be an inevitable part of our biology

Reč těla

Allan Pease 75%

Learn to manage your body expressions to help you persuade, empathize, soothe, … others

Nahé slunce

Isaac Asimov 80%

Už jako kluk jsem však nedokázal uvěřit, že by poznání mohlo být nebezpečné, že řešením je nevědomost. Mně se vždy zdálo, že řešením je vědění. (Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 07:29 AM, page 15-17)

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman 90%

I started reading a Czech translation but then switched to the English version. My Goodreads review: Clever, courageous and it strongly supports my convinction that we are just a bit better than apes. I systematické chyby či biasy haló efekt: tendence hodnotit člověka podle prvního dojmu Amor Tversky intuitivní statistika je mnohem snazší usilovat o dokonalost, když se nikdy nenudíte teorii o roli podobnosti v předvídání moje: stereotypní vlastnosti aktivují víc knihovníka (popis člověka na jehož základě se má odhadnout jeho profese) je mnohem snadnější najít slovo, které začíná určitým písmenem, než přijí tna slovo, které má toto písmeno na třetím místě uvažujte písmeno K objeví se K ve slovech s větší pravděpodobností jako první písmeno, nebo jako třetí písmeno?

The Greatest Show on Earth

Richard Dawkins 80%

Bertrand Russell said, ‘We may all have come into existence five minutes ago, provided with ready-made memories, with holes in our socks and hair that needed cutting.’ (Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 08:48 AM, page 234-35) psychologists studying the development of language tell us that children are natural essentialists. (Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 10:16 AM, page 358-59) One of Darwin’s most telling weapons in arguing against this supposed immutability was the evidence from domestication, (Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 10:26 AM, page 413-14)

Ocelové jeskyně

Isaac Asimov 80%

Další výborná kniha od Asimova.

A Brief History Of Time

Stephen W. Hawking 80%

The most often unfinished book of all times. Hard to digest but a real treat for curious minds.

Malý princ

Antoine de Exupéry 60%

Everytime you read it I learn something new.

The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins 75%

Dawkins’ attack on the religion. This probably won’t make you an apostate but I liked it a lot as many other Dawkins’ books.

Desatero domácí ekologie

Mojmír Vlašín 60%

Rady a tipy pro domácnosti. Některé rozumné, některé přehnané, ale žádné zbytečné.

A Dance with Dragons

R. R. R. Martin 75%

After having read all 6 books I decided to read only non-fiction in the future. I broke this rule only a few years later with Three-body problem.

A Feast for Crows

George R. R. Martin 80%

4th book from Martin’s epos.

Jak drahá je intuice

Dan Ariely 70%

Third book from Dan Ariely. A bit less entertaining but still very informative.

I Am Legend

Richard Matheson 75%

A fiction book about last surviror on Earth, fighting zombies. Classic.

A Clash of Kings

George R. R. Martin 85%

Překladatelské perličky Navzdory neutuchajícím hádkám mezi jejím otcem a jeho bratrem, kterého kdysi vyvlastnil, panovalo hluboké pouto. (Friday, November 02, 2012, 05:38 PM, page 1759-60) z opasku mu visela drahokamy vykládaná dýka a pozlacená pochva s mečem. (Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 04:45 PM, page 6699)

A Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin 80%

1st book of Martin’s epos.

Pavučina lží

Dan Brown 60%

26. ledna jsem rozečetl knihu od Dana Browna. Šifru mistra Leonarda jsem viděl, Andělé a démony také. Dočetl jsem ji s Barunkou 2. 2. – poslední kapitoly jsme si předčítali navzájem. Děj se točil kolem fingovaného nálezu meteoritu s údajnými mimozemskými zkaměnělinami. Šlo o objev NASA, ale byl narafičen, měl pouze zvednout kredit NASA před veřejností. Kniha byla docela čtivá, ale děj příliš připomínál mustr amerických trháků: zajímavá zápletka, napínavý průběh, ale všichni záporňáci byly buď znemožněni, nebo zabiti a všichni klaďasi se zachránili ze spárů zla a nesnází.

The Black Swan

Nassim Nicholas Taleb 90%

My first book from Taleb and an instant favourite

Jak drahé je zdarma

Dan Ariely 85%

Anchors, framing, prospect theory and much more

The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins 90%

This book has changed my life. often the most important contribution a scientist can make is to discover a new way of seeing old theories or facts. (Monday, March 12, 2012, 10:40 PM, page 80-81) evolution is blind to the future. (Thursday, April 05, 2012, 05:58 AM, page 272) it is ultimately these mistakes that make evolution possible. (Friday, April 06, 2012, 01:08 PM, page 419-20) willy-nilly, (Friday, April 06, 2012, 01:12 PM, page 439)

Slova a pravidla

Steven Pinker 35%

Knížka od Pinkera. Přestal jsem ji číst, protože nesouhlasím s teorií, kterou tam Pinker popisuje. Obsahuje spoustu pěkných příkladů, ale jejich interpretace mě rozčilovala, tak jsem ji asi v půlce odložil.

Umění překladu

Jiří Levý 45%

Hlavní dílo českého teoretika překladu

451 stupňů Fahrenheita

Ray Bradbury 75%

The second best-known novel from Bradbury

Literární poklesky

Stephen Leacock 80%

Fakt nechápu, jak to mohl překladatel zvládnout přeložit.

Metafory paměti

Douwe Draiisma 60%

A history of metaphors of memory, how they changed with technology and how they related to understanding of our minds.

Introduction to Algorithms

Thomas H. Cormen 75%

Nevím, jestli jsem to dočetl.

Hordubal

Karel Čapek 55%

Novela z Čapkovy noetické trilogie o vraždě Juraje, který se vrací po letech z Ameriky do Podparpatské Rusi

Toulavý autobus

John Steinbeck 30%

Novela z roku 1947 o jízdě autobusem v Kalifornii

Divím se, že jsem tak veselý

Johannes Mario Simmel 75%

První Simmelův román, true story o lidech zasypaných ve sklepě, kteří v sebeobraně zabijí chemika, který chce vyhodit zával do povětří.

Jak chutná moc

Ladislav Mňačko 60%

Podobnost hrdiny s postavou prezidenta A. Novotného je čistě náhodná!

Větrné toulání

Miloslav Nevrlý 75%

Výběr krátkých povídek a příběhů od Míly Nevrlého

U řeky Piedra jsem sedla a plakala

Paolo Coelho 30%

Milostný příběh, který mne vůbec neoslovil.

Glenn Gould—Music and Mind

Geoffrey Payzant 70%

A biography of the extravagant and famous pianist

The Joy of Music

Leonard Bernstein 75%

A must-read for classical music listeners.

Smrt si říká Engelchen

Ladislav Mňačko 60%

Autobiografický román točící se kolem Ploštiny a partyzánů na konci 2. světové války

Liška Bystrouška

Rudolf Těsnohlídek 90%

Vtipný příběh o trampotách jedné příliš chytré lišky

Nejkrásnější sbírka

Miloslav Nevrlý 95%

Nádnerná a poetická knížka. Nejlépe čtená u ohně v rumunských horách.

Velká Fermatova věta

Simon Singh 75%

One of my first popular science (math) book.

Petr a Lucie

Romain Rolland 65%

Útlá knížečka se smutným koncem

1984

George Orwell 95%

Klasika, která nepohladí.

Báječná léta s Klausem

Michal Viewegh 60%

Pokus o navázání na úspěch Báječných let pod psa

Povídky

Edgar Allan Poe 85%

Nechte prosím kytky žít

Johannes Mario Simmel 75%

Nevím o čem to bylo, ale bylo to dobrý.

The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings, 75%

Druhý díl Tolkienovy ságy

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway 15%

I probably need to re-read this as it was boring as fuck when I read this at high school.

A Jimmy šel za duhou

Johannes Mario Simmel 75%

Bídníci

Victor Hugo 85%

Klasický román z francouzského prostředí

Vladař

Niccolò Machiavelli 55%

Mildly interesting

Svůj kalich hořkosti

Johannes Mario Simmel 75%

Už si nepamatuju o čem to bylo, ale všechny romány od Simmela byly děsně čtivý.

Věc Makropulos

Karel Čapek 75%

Román o nesmrtelnosti

Noční práce

Jáchym Topol 30%

Na doporučení Vojty Hanuše, vůbec mě to nebavilo.

Hurá ještě žijeme

Johannes Mario Simmel 85%

Aféra Niny B.

Johannes Mario Simmel 75%

S láskou k vlastni nejdál dojdeš

Johannes Mario Simmel 85%

Nevím o čem to bylo, ale bylo to dobrý.

Zpráva o třetí planetě

Arthur C. Clarke 90%

An anthology of Clarke’s short stories. Great read!

Válka s mloky

Karel Čapek 80%

Další Čapkova trefná metafora

R.U.R.

Karel Čapek 75%

Bílá nemoc

Karel Čapek 75%

Klasika.

Krakatit

Karel Čapek 75%

Čapkova další trefná metafora

Zápas s nebem

J.M. Troska 75%

Česká sci-fi klasika.

Rozkazy z éteru

J. M. Troska 75%

Česká sci-fi klasika

Neviditelná armáda

J. M. Troska 75%

Česká sci-fi klasika.

Nemova říše

J. M. Troska 75%

Česká sci-fi klasika.

J. S. Bach

Ernest Zavarský 60%

Knížka, kterou jsem si opakovaně půjčoval z adamovské knihovny. Byl jsem snad jediný.

Pejsek a kočička

Josef Čapek 65%

Klasika.