Saber Taylor's homepage: Books read / listened to in 2020
Nonfiction in 2020
- Jim Holt: When Einstein Walked With Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought (2018). My remarks: This is cocktail party level of essays around physics, math and philosophy. Too credulous on anthropomorphic principle though.
- Pavel Tsatsouline: Kettlebell Simple & Sinister: Revised and Updated Edition (2019). My remarks: I don't like the workout in the book due to lack of variety, but was rewarded by technique discussion in general. His Joe Rogan interview is good.
- Norman Macrae: John von Neumann: The Scientific Genius Who Pioneered the Modern Computer, Game Theory, Nuclear Deterrence, and Much More (1992). My remarks: I read Budapest 1900 in preparation since I was curious why Hungarians were considered so smart that their nickname made them Martians. This book answered that, and also talks about the genius of the Manhattan project who was the most stereotypically a genius.
- John Lukacs: Budapest 1900: A Historical Portrait of a City and Its Culture (1988). My remarks: I like to read about Manhattan Project scientists and this was sort of background on where some of them are from. Next is a book on John von Neumann.
- Chris Hadfield: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (2013). My remarks: I would have preferred this to not be in a self help style format but it's fine. My takeaway, astronauts are not adrenaline junkies they are methodical and spend most of their time practicing on Earth.
- Jon Day: Homing: On Pigeons, Dwellings and Why We Return (2019). My remarks: Kind of similar to Ravenmaster. It's stories about his family and also racing homing pigeons.
- Irwin Weil: The Great Courses: Classics of Russian Literature. My remarks: The lecturer is passionate on his subject which helps liven the material.
- Daniel Todes: Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science (2014). My remarks: I wanted to know more about the veracity of the brainwashing described in Battle for the Mind attributed to Pavlov, but after finishing this doorstopper as the continuation of that can only add the aphorism: "science advances one death at a time."
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Fiction books I've read between May, 2020 and December 31, 2020
- Ed McDonald: Crowfall (Raven's Mark Book 3) (2019). My remarks: Some grimdark. Has some personality.
- Tamsyn Muir: Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy Book 1) (2019). My remarks: Found this on the Hugo nominee list and it seemed readable. Necromancers in space.