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 commonly unfinished book of all times–hard to digest but a real treat for a curious mind


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


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.


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.


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

Desatero domácí ekologie

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


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

Enlightenment now

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


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.


people are quite bad in estimating how world is improving

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.

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.

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.

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 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.


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


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.

Open Access

A good overview of the issue with publishing science


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


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

Reč těla

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


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.


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

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

one of the best self-help books I’ve ever read; own your life

Thinking, Fast and Slow

clever and courageous; it strongly supports my convinction that we are just a bit better than apes

Thirty Million Words

Encourage your child’s ability to self-regulate

Velká Fermatova věta

One of my first popular science (math) book.

Větrné toulání

Výběr krátkých povídek a příběhů od Míly Nevrlého


Mildly interesting

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.