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Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett. I’d read this before, it’s one of my favorite Discworld novels. Outstanding.
John Adams by David McCullough.
An excellent book about a fascinating man. The more I read about this era, the more I am impressed by the fathers, but the less I understand the Jefferson cult. I like Adams more.
How Mathematicians Think by William Byers.
Fascinating ideas about ambiguity, paradox, and math.
Really quite an amazing work, and relatively accessible. I recommend it to anyone interested in math. Some of the later chapters get into some less accessible math, but I think they can be skipped around, without losing too much.
This week: I’ve read about 10 explanations of what exactly Euler’s formula (e ^ i*pi = -1) actually means. I understand the arguments, but I still don’t really get it, intuitively. On the other hand, this book has one of the clearest explanations of the roots of unity that I’ve seen.
Causality by Judea Pearl. Fascinating but deep.
Intro to Probability Theory by Hoel, Port, and Stone. A good text.
The Elements of Statistical Learning by Trevor Hastie and Robert Tibshirani. An in-depth look at a wide range of statistical techniques. Beautifully produced.
The Politics of Congressional Elections by Gary Jacobson
The light fantastic by Terry Pratchett. More Discworld fun.