My Reading Lately

I have been really bad lately about reviewing books that I read. It’s not really a big deal, as I basically do it to help me retain whatever it was I was reading about. Of course, it is also to complain about crappy books when possible. Unfortunately, I have been so busy lately that I don’t even recall how many books I’ve read without writing anything on them. So I guess this is my attempt at addressing the heretofore unmentioned books I’ve read in the past few months:

  • Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James M. McPherson
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
  • Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everday Deceptions by Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde with Sandra Blakeslee
  • Extreme Fear by Jeff Wise
  • Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam by Stephen W. Sears
  • Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
  • Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology by Kenneth L. Feder
  • The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things we Should Not – and Put Ourselves in Great Danger by Daniel Gardner
  • Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success by Matthew Syed
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Update:I forgot I also just read Numbers Rule Your World by Kaiser Fung
  • What I’m currently reading:

  • How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age by Theodore Schick, Jr. and Lewis Vaughn
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  • Memoirs of General William Tecumseh Sherman by William T. Sherman
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  • Someday maybe I’ll get around to reviewing some of these.

    Hmmm. On looking at this list, one might get the idea that my major interests are the American Civil War and behavioral economics. Odd, as I never really thought of that…

    By marc

    I am a scientist interested in laser safety, modeling and simulation, and statistics. I speak some Spanish, German, and Chinese.