#non-fiction

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

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

A Brief History Of Time

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

Antifragile

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

Bad Science

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

Chaos

An overview of a completely new scientific field

Chvály Zadní země

Méně známá knížečka od libereckého poutníka Míly Nevrlého.

Consciousness Explained

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)

Cosmos

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

Deep Work

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

Desatero domácí ekologie

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

Dějiny

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

Economix

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

Enlightenment now

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

Essentialism

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

Everything is Fucked

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

Factfulness

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.

Give and Take

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

God is not great

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.

Guns, germs, and steel

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.

Gödel, Escher, Bach

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

Hell Yes or No

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

Homo Deus

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.

How Innovation Works

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

How To

Another funny book from the author of XKCD comics.

How to live

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

How to Win Friends and Influence People

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.

I Am a Strange Loop

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.

I Contain Multitudes

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

It Starts With Food

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

Jak drahá je intuice

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

Jak drahé je zdarma

Anchors, framing, prospect theory and much more

Jak se dělá imunita

Stručný přehled o fungování imunity

Language Myths

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

Lifespan

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.

Metafory paměti

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

Metamagical Themas

An anthology of Hofstadter’s articles in Scientific American

Musicophilia

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

Mým marodům

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

On Intelligence

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.

Open Access

A good overview of the issue with publishing science

Outliers

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

Rationality

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

Reč těla

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

Sapiens

An instant favourite. What a thinker this Harari!

Science in the Soul

Richard Dawkins selected short writings

Sedm zákonů

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

Slepé skvrny

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

Slova a pravidla

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.

Superforecasting

How to be better at forecasting

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Funny. So famous that you need to read it.

Talking to strangers

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

The 4-Hour Workweek

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

The Ancestor's Tale

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.

The Better Angels of Our Nature

A clever argument in favour of optimism.

The Black Swan

My first book from Taleb and an instant favourite

The Code Book

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

The Demon-Haunted World

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

The Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer seems to be an inevitable part of our biology

The End of Faith

Another attempt at attacking religion from one of Four Horsemen.

The Evolution of Everything

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

The Extended Phenotype

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.

The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

Five steps toward a better thinking.

The Formation of Vegetable Mould

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.

The Gene

Not so good as his previous book about cancer.

The God Delusion

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

The Greatest Show on Earth

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)

The Joy of Music

A must-read for classical music listeners.

The Laws of Simplicity

The topic of simplicity is really complex.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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

The Moral Landscape

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

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

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 Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

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 Paradox of Choice

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

The Red Queen

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!

The Selfish Gene

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)

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

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.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F٭ck

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

Thinking, Fast and Slow

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?

Thirty Million Words

Encourage your child’s ability to self-regulate

Velká Fermatova věta

One of my first popular science (math) book.

Vladař

Mildly interesting

Větrné toulání

Výběr krátkých povídek a příběhů od Míly Nevrlého

Why we sleep

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

Zázračný úklid

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.