Reading list for Q1 2017

Einstien by Walter Isaacson. Intimate look at Einstein’s life and thinking as one would expect from an Isaacson biography. But what surprised me was the lucidity of his explanations of the not to easy Special and General Relativity).

Stories of your life and others by Ted Chiang. One of the best sci-fi authors of this generation. Combines science, philology, philosophy and parables in a way I have never seen before. The movie ‘Arrival’ is based on one of the short stories in this book but there’s so much more to it.

My Best Mathematical and Logical Puzzles by Martin Gardner. I stumbled upon this celebrated author by chance and how I wish I had known of him earlier! He has been a driving force for making math fun (and wrote the Scientific American column for recreational mathematics for 25 years) and he has authored many book of which this is my first sample. Lot of fun and highly recommended.

Stumbling on happiness by Dan Gilbert. Came highly recommended from a good friend, and it has a very interesting take on how humans synthesize happiness. Will write back more once I finish reading the book.