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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.

28 thoughts on “Bookshelf@work

  1. 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. =)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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. (?)

  7. 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. =)

  8. 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- 😛

  9. 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 ; )

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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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