Category Archives: Reviews

Book Review: Square One

Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge by Steve Patterson The first of a series of planned philosophy books by Steve Patterson, who runs the Patterson in Pursuit podcast that I listen to, Square One is about the ultimate grounding of … Continue reading

Posted in Logic, Rationality, Reviews

Book Review: Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik When I watched the BBC documentary series Connections (which I recommend to everybody), one of the main takeaways was how important materials science and engineering are … Continue reading

Posted in Chemistry, Reviews

Book Review: Approaching Infinity

Approaching Infinity by Michael Huemer “Infinity” is a concept that, if you’re not careful, can really bite you in the ass. In his latest book, Approaching Infinity, the philosopher Michael Huemer attempts to sharpen our idea of infinity to address … Continue reading

Posted in Logic, Mathematics, Reviews

Book Review: The Theory That Would Not Die

The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne If you have a passing familiarity with statistics, you’ve probably come across … Continue reading

Posted in Mathematics, Reviews, Science (general)

Book Review: The Undercover Economist

The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford I no longer enjoy popular physics books. Usually I quit part way through thinking “I’d rather just be rereading my textbooks,” since I’m at the level where I’m aware of how much deeper and … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Reviews

Book Review: The Essential Hayek

The Essential Hayek by Don Boudreaux I have in my library a book called The Essential Galileo which consists of excerpts of Galileo’s major works with commentary provided by the editor. When I heard that Don Boudreaux of Cafe Hayek was … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Reviews

Book Review: The Myth of the Rational Voter

The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies by Bryan Caplan Given that most voters aren’t well informed on complicated matters like international trade or health economics, why isn’t democracy a total disaster? One answer is that as … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Rationality, Reviews