Three Books

Last night, I noted a book I’d been reading (The Instant Economist). Two more might be noted, From the same place the I/E was mentioned another Econ text was noted. Economics 2.0 is the title (available for ebook in various formats). What is ec 2.0? This book is a lightning overview of current research topics and results from (according to the authors) the forefront of research and developments and analysis in the economics world …. in layman’s terms. Each chapter ends with a short list of 12-15 references to the papers and books that give the non-layman’s version on which the section was based. It is readable and recommended.

Also recommended, although I haven’t read it much, is a book that has a much closer personal connection. The book A Passion for Discovery is a book on backstories and personal anecdotes of the leading men and women in Physics from the last century. This book was authored by Peter Freund … my thesis advisor when I was in grad school in the late 80s.  Professor Freund always had lots of stories to tell, well know he’s telling them to a larger audience. Oddly enough this book was much cheaper by a factor of 3 on the Amazon eBook format than from Google … and the sony store didn’t have it at all. At leastl that was the case last night.

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  1. Boonton says:

    Got the econ book on Kindle? Are you able to loan out Kindle books nowadays?

  2. Mark says:

    Sorry. I’ve been away from the computer/net for a bit. I’ll let you know if any of these books can be lent, lending as an option is apparently set by the publisher.

  3. Mark says:

    Neither of these books mentioned support lending (oddly enough economists don’t appreciate lending of their property).

  4. Boonton says:

    They are, no doubt, at the mercy of their publishers.

  5. Boonton says:

    Books I’m reading at the moment:

    – Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papcy – I borrowed this from my library to read on my Kindle. Very nerve racking. There’s a modestly ok selection of available books to borrow electronically but the good ones have waiting lists. You put a hold on some books and wait to get the email that they are available. Then you have to race to get them because within 72 hours your hold expires. Then you race to read them because in ten days the book will vanish as the loan expires. Disrupts reading all my other library books which I can generally renew without any objections.

    But the book is rather depressing in that the institution seems exactly what you’d get from a purely human affair with no supernatural intervention at all. On the other hand it spans a lot of history and covers areas that I haven’t really explored much (such as the unification of Italy). It also confirms that Italians have a wonderfull disinterest in ‘the systems’ interests’. It feels like 2/3 of the history of the papacy consisted of Popes sneaking out of Rome in disguise on the run from angry, but fickle, Roman mobs.

    Library books out:

    1. Socrates café : a fresh taste of philosophy

    50-50 shot I’ll finish this. It’s a little simple book but I don’t think it’s grabbing me yet.

    2. What remains to be discovered : mapping the secrets of the universe, the origins of life, and the future of the human race

    75% chance I’ll finish this.

    3. In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world

    I’d like to finish this.

    4. Inside of a dog : what dogs see, smell, and know

    Interesting observations on how dogs see the world, but I’m not sure it will hold me to the end.