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pj


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Posted: 2019-03-18 13:07
Two so far:

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Just a fun read of the demise of a unicorn. It didn't answer a question for me:
what was moving the Theranos CEO, Elisabeth Holmes, forward.
since, unfortunately, the author was unable to interview her.

Surprisingly for me, the book was the demonstration of
how necessary is to have proper journalists nowadays.


Another one
Human Errors by Nathan H. Lents
A fun read on human imperfection. He runs foul of the Orgel's Second Rule a bit, but it is so entertaining.

It confirms again the wisdom of

"As for me, I believe in evolution and intelligent design. I think God designed us in his image, but I also think God is a monkey.”
Bill Maher

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Henry L. Mencken

jslade


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Posted: 2019-03-29 03:37
Gian-Carlo Rota "Indiscrete thoughts" -about halfway through. Lots of anecdotes about figures in mathematics Rota knew. Hilarious and ... indiscrete.

"Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious."

pj


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Posted: 2019-10-16 09:40
Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain by David Gerard

I have read it two years too late, and it showed that it was the
third time I have missed the big hype.

Hopefully the upcoming crash wont have dire economical consequences.

Yes, the book is a rant, but delightful, true, and informative one.

One of the tidbits: git is a blockchain!
(They both use the Merkle trees). Cool

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Henry L. Mencken
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