Just the usual list this week. Suggestions for topics are welcome.
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Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett. Yet more Discworld fun. I didn’t like this one so much. I tend to like the ones with a lot of fantasy less than the others, and this one has a lot of fantasy elements
the Difference Engine by Doron Swade. Back in 1821 Charles Babbage invented and designed a computer. But it never got built. This book tells the story, and also the story of the author’s attempt to build that machine in the present day. I found the parts about Babbage much more interesting than the parts about Swade.
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
Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett. I had mostly forgotten this one, and it’s really good!