10: [Math related]
Infinity and the Mind - Rudy Rucker
Good book dealing with many aspects of the infinite. Not too sophisticated
(ie, non-math major with a good level of intellect can get it)
A Mathematician’s Apology - H. Hardy.
It concerns the aesthetics of mathematics with some personal content, and gives the layman an insight into the mind of a working mathematician. Fantastic read. Seriously. Kinda sad too.
New [Popular Science and Philosophy]
Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert
Hard to explain. This does it justice:
“Happy with your life? If so, that?s as much a function of random chance as anything, according to Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness. Gilbert convincingly debunks the notion that our past emotional states, present experiences, and imagined futures can be accurate predictors of our actual future levels of happiness. As he describes it, most of us wrongly believe that how we felt when we experienced an event in the past can be a telling predictor of how we will feel about that same event in the future. (Last time I drank tequila I felt ill, therefore I will never enjoy a margarita again.)”
Why I am not a Christian - Bertand Russell
Brilliant mathematician/philosopher. He brings his usual scrupulous logic and lofty wisdom when addressing the “basic” questions of man’s place in the universe, nature of the good life, life after death, morality, freedom, education and sexual ethics.
How Proust can change your life - Alain De Botton
I really like De Botton, he makes philosophy accessible but doesn’t trivialize it. This particular book is separated into various chapters dealing with many aspects of life (Love, Success, Work etc) and not only illustrates how Proust’s ideas/work can impact them but we have a mini biography of the Philosopher/Writer throughout.
Hmmm. Got many more but those should do for the moment.