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I found that I have blogged, directly or indirectly, about most of these books. From foreground/right to background/left:
Dawkins, Ridley, Nanotech, Lessig, Deutsch, Complexity and Emergence, New Humanists from EDGE, Redesigning Humans, Free Culture, Feynman, Molecular Electronics, Biohazard, Po Bronson and MacNiven cover Hotmail, Kurzweil, Biocosm, Scientist in the Crib, Code, Juan Enriquez, Genetic Programming, TED, On Intelligence & Mind Wide Open, Watson’s DNA, Gates, Wolfram and Williams’ thoughts on quantum computing, World Tech Summit, Accelerating Change Conference, and The Future of Life.

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28 Responses to Bookshelf@work

  1. satan_inheelz says:

    What first caught my eye was "out of control". Any recommendations?

  2. jurvetson says:

    Yeah, Kelly’s book is a great intro to co-evolution, hives, artificial life and the power of biological processes. It has a good set of footnotes and is well written. I find myself thinking about Kurzweil a lot. But if I were to personalize the request for you, Satan, I might suggest Dennett or Dawkins. =)

  3. BenODen says:

    *fwip* Interesting collection of books, good to remember.

  4. davesag says:

    hey you and I have very similar bookshelves in places. skip ‘prey’ and go for ‘the diamond age’. OoC is cool, but dive into some Douglas Hofstadter (just below it) if you really want to stretch your mind.

  5. jurvetson says:

    Dave: yes. Great recommendations. You may notice that those two books are the most worn. =) I found myself sitting next to Neal Stephenson at a Foresight weekend brain spa. I did a double take when I saw his name badge. Cool guy.

  6. davesag says:

    wow cool. I love it when things like that happen. are you a member of the foresight institute too? oh have you read this ‘The User Illusion, by Tor Norretranders’ it’s really quite good and would go well with your other books there.

  7. jurvetson says:

    I think I am a Sr. Associate there. Been going to their events for a few years now. thanks for the recommdation. I am not familiar with that one.

  8. TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ says:

    "In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you." Mortimer J. Adler

  9. Victor1 says:

    A great quote Alieness! I think a few have gotten ‘through’ to Steve, eh?

  10. TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ says:

    So they say… 😉 I haven´t seen him, thus I can´t tell if he reads books or gets the readers´ reviews in amazon, and then purchase the second hand copies of those which looked interesting. When a cheff is too good… you never know what happens in the kitchen. =) Still in Portland?

  11. unpolarized says:

    Nice, eclectic collection. The World Through My Eyes

  12. borealnz says:

    A very interesting collection, I don’t think I have read any of those :-) Thanks for sharing in our bookshelf thread The World Through My Eyes

  13. Josh Thompson says:

    I love how Feynman’s QED, the slimmest volume there, sits at the base of a stack of thick books on science and technology. Accidental I’m sure, but also metaphorical in a subtle way. — Seen on the Web. (?)

  14. Hopkinsii says:

    The ones I recognize are enough to suggest it would be worthwhile checking out the ones I don’t know… Enough Dawkins to make me feel at home!

  15. jurvetson says:

    Hopkinsii: Here’s some more for ya: Richard Dawkins’ Sunday Sermon Josh: Yup… QED is foundational… and with Free Culture, you can Redesign Humans… There are several conceptual adjacencies up there… Wolfram’s compilation of ideas is foundational too. Alieness: Missed the jab earlier… surely you jest. =)

  16. TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ says:

    Of course I jest!!! …but… Wouldn´t it be awesome to find out that you or any other brilliant intellectual have been cheating like that all this time?! I´d applaud! Imagination is more important than Knowledge said Einstein, and building up a background and a library from Amazon reviews would need load of creativity- 😛

  17. Hopkinsii says:

    thanks for the Dawkins link, jurvetsun! (great caption too…)

  18. PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE says:

    Thanks jurvetson for this photo. I was having a look at some of your hold pictures, and found this one. And more ….Thanksfully (can we say that ? : ) i saw the title : The Diamond Age . A book i heard about few years ago….but could remember ……and believe me i TRIED AND TRIED…. I ll try to find it today : ) with The God Delusion ( this one should t be a problem lol ) Thanks again ; )

  19. PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE says:

    The rest of the Story about "The diamond Age" book . You ll never believe it !

  20. beenpimped says:

    Looks similar to my many books, nice time reading most of these. Nicely done photo btw.

  21. mrccos says:

    Please add this to the group pool at RDFRS Thanks, /Mike

  22. aeroculus says:

    Have these all been read, or are there any members of your own "Umberto Eco Antilibrary " (NNT) ? If it is the former, how was Biocosm?…the description looks like a synthesis of Kauffman & Dawkins.

  23. PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE says:

    Biocosm is a must read aeroculus : )

  24. aeroculus says:

    added to the list – thanks PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE = )

  25. jurvetson says:

    I have spent a bunch of time reading pre-prints and conference talks about Biocosm, so I forget if I finished the book or just read parts of it. Eco would be proud. =) blog mention here

  26. aeroculus says:

    BTW, very similar work bookshelves.

  27. silvana.marinc says:

    hahaha biohazardddd!!! Niceeee

  28. jurvetson says:

    The author came from the Russian Vector Lab…. and they had more scientists working on contagious bioweapons (like weaponized smallpox) than they had on nuclear weapons! My earlier blogging on this here and here. :

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