Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Genome by Matt Ridley

My next book for A Year of Books  is Genome by Matt Ridley.
This book aims to tell a history of humanity from the perspective of genetics rather than sociology. This should complement the other broad histories I've read this year, as well as follow Energy well in focusing on science.
I've wanted to read Matt Ridley's books for a while. His recent book The Rational Optimist about how progress and the economy evolve is also near the top of my ever-growing pile of books to read. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Energy by Vaclav Smil

My next book for A Year of Books is Energy by Vaclav Smil.

This book is about physical rather than social sciences. It explores important topics around how energy works, how our production and use might evolve, and how this affects climate change.

Vaclav Smil's works have been highly recommended by Bill Gates and others. I'm also planning to read his book Making The Modern World when I get a chance.