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The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley • popular science • free trade

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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves - book cover - free trade

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Recommendation 5 / 5

As we are constantly bombarded with doom prophesies the book makes a really good job and puts all of that into greater perspective. Rational Optimist starts with a thesis that we are way better off than we ever were, and Matt Ridley makes convincing arguments that things will continue to improve. We don’t need to agree with the Ridley theme of optimism for the future to make this book worthwhile to read. The book offers much more than the title suggests.

After 1/3 of the book…

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Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe • popular science • how things work

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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - book cover - how things work

technology ● history ● civilisation

Recommendation 4 / 5

If you struggled to understand each and every element on the Periodic Table or if you tried and failed to explain how a computer works to your Grandma than grab this book. Thing Explainer is a kind of encyclopedia, full of hand-made pictures, arrows, and descriptions. I really liked the layout and a bit childish style of everything in the book.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that many pictures are gigantic and cover both pages, the book is inconvenient to read on a Kindle or other handy…

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn • history of science • popular science

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Book cover of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - popular science

technology ● history ● civilisation

Recommendation 4 / 5

In classical science, there are puzzle pieces that don’t fit the existing equations. Once there are too many discoveries that do not fit the existing premises, gradually a new concept evolves. What makes the whole idea more tangled is the fact that there mightn’t be necessarily a clear starting point of that new concept since there are always people exploring outside the accepted doctrine to clarify anomalies.

In my opinion, the essential message…