Summer reading

I’m into the early phases of research for my next book, and that means heaps of reading. The books alone are, in a stack, precisely 14 inches taller than I am.

So I asked on Twitter if anyone wanted to know what I’m reading. Some of you said yes, for some reason, so I’ll keep a running tally here.

I may single out some books as particularly timely, interesting, important, or whatever, but I won’t comment on most. That may or may not mean they’re not worthy of comment, but if the latter my comments will be in my book.

  1. The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge. A reprint of a short 1939 essay, plus a preface of equal length by the director of The Institute for Advanced Study. The focus is on the good things that happen when scientists are allowed to follow their curiosity about basic science without any regard for how “useful” their research will be. However, the point applies to any human endeavour. Inspiring and important. Please read.
  2. The Art of the Long View.
  3. Homo Prospectus.
  4. The Worlds of Herman Kahn.
  5. The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning.
  6. Your Brain is a Time Machine.
  7. The Clock of the Long Now.
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