Tagged: books

Excellent reading from the Wellcome Book Prize long-list - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 01, 2017

These should all be excellent reading. You can think of this long-list as a list of excellent reads related to “medicine, health or illness” from many types of writing, fiction or non-fiction.* The 2017 long-list has five fiction titles and twelve non-fiction titles. The shortlist will be the exceptional reads, and the winner the pick of the bunch given the criteria and the current … Read More

An economist chooses his favourite books of 2016 - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Dec 18, 2016

Surrounded by “isn’t it awful”, “the world is going to the dogs” types? Here are two antidotes: Nobel laureate Angus Deaton’s The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality and Johan Norberg’s Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future. Both document the immense progress made in the past three hundred years by large parts … Read More

Tsundoku - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 04, 2013

Just hours before heading off the Dunedin’s annual fund-raiser for the Regent Theatre, the 24-hour booksale, I read this tweet from New Zealand science writer Veronika Meduna: great, the Japanese have a word for "the act of buying books and not reading them, leaving them to pile up": tsundoku http://i.imgur.com/kRgaXcQ.jpg  I … Read More

Dawkins’ new book - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 20, 2013

Richard Dawkins’ latest book is due out next September. The title – Childhood, Boyhood, Truth: From an African Youth to The Selfish Gene It’s yet a new genre for Dawkins – autobiography. Mind you he has reached the age where … Continue reading → … Read More