As always this is a list of books that I read this year and includes recently published books as well as classics.
Quantifying reputation and success in art. Tales From the Warhol Factory. A massive crater has been discovered underneath the Greenland icesheet. Largest overhaul of scientific units since the French Revolution wins approval. Transforming the global food system. What if the placebo effect isn’t a trick? Review of Eyes to See: The Astonishing Variety of Vision in Nature. A previously unpublished interview with David Foster Wallace. And more.
Physics needs philosophy. Yet another interesting account of the discovery of CRISPR. An alternative interpretation of the famous gorillas in our midst experiment. The big melt. There Is More to Behavioral Economics Than Biases and Fallacies. Ghosts of the Tsunami. Rachel Kushner on Cormac McCarthy's existential westerns. Michel Houellebecq's sexual distopia. California burning. Michael Freeden on the contemporary role of political theory. Chris Marker’s playful aesthetics. And more.
A new study challenges the idea that most real world complex networks are scale-free. The MIT Introduction to Deep Learning is definitely one of the best courses of its kind currently available online. No longer writing, Philip Roth still has plenty to say. Why paper jams persist. Is the era of quantum computing here? A data visualization overview table used by the Financial Times to decide which visualization to use. Inside the Amazon's deforestation crisis. The NY Times reviews three recent books about science's inference problem. On rongorongo: Experts cannot even agree whether it is an alphabet, a syllabary, a mnemonic, or a rebus.
Interview with mathematician Corina Tarnita who deciphers patterns in the soil created by competing life-forms. MIT researchers overturn old theories about how memories form and recall works. Inequality in nature and society. Everything we know about black hole growth says this one is too young to be so big. A literary tour of the U.S. with 50 State-set books. Slavoj Žižek on ideology as the original augmented reality. The radical chic of Rick Owens. Inside China's vast new experiment in social ranking. Erik Brynjolfsson and Tom Mitchell on workforce implications of what machine learning can do. Five recent books about bread. Longreads Best of 2017.