Uwe’s book list

In this list I keep track of books which impressed me in the fields of Society development, Artificial Intelligence, Purposeful Networking, Psychology, Society, Politics, Tech, R, Machine Learning, …

Uwe Sterr http://uwesterr.de

Table of Contents

21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Harari 2018)

Good analysis of technological and political challenge resulting from the spread of AI in many parts of daily life.

Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow (Harari 2016)

Very interesting view on how society will evolve. Stunning facts such as: - More people are overweight (2.1 billion) than malnutrioned (800 million) - More people die of obesity (3 million) than due to famine (1 million) - Diabetes kills more people (1.5 million) than human violence (620,000) - war 120,000 - crime 500,000

He therefore concludes that the old enemies of human kind

are not the biggest problems anymore, next targets for society are:

His controversial definitions or

gives food for thought.

It remains to be seen of a new religion called Dataism will really take off. However, in any case a book very much worth reading

Sapiens: A brief history of humankind (Harari 2014)

Stunning analysis of human development and brings to attention that the development is ongoing and picking up speed, many great milestones have just happened a blink ago considering universal time spans

Life 3.0: Being human in the age of artificial intelligence (Tegmark 2017)

How will society develop in the face of the spread of AI? How did matter turn intelligent and will there be and intelligence explosion all the way to what is consciousness. A philosophical approach to the subject.

Working out loud (Stepper and others 2016)

Interesting method on how to network with purpose to the benefit of all by

Pollyanna principle (Matlin 2012)

A wonderful story about how to to be optimistic and when optimism hits borders. Nice read which seems to be very popular in Russia.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World—and Why Things Are Better than You Think (Rosling 2018)

A real eyeopener on the state of the world, or did you know that In the last 20 years, the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has almost halved. More stunning facts and great source of data on all kinds of questions can be found at https://www.gapminder.org. The gapminder test is worth doing http://forms.gapminder.org/s3/test-2018

Reichtum ohne Gier: wie wir uns vor dem Kapitalismus retten (Wagenknecht 2018)

From a politician of the left wing party “Die Linke” very interesting thoughts about capitalism, not the usual bashing but thoughtful analysis, definitely worth reading.

The grand chessboard: American primacy and its geostrategic imperatives (Brzezinski 2016)

The former national security adviser of Jimmy Carter gives insight in what were the interest of the US at the time. After reading this book it seems to be easier to understand what is happening in Europe and the middle east

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution (Anderson 2012)

The former chief editor of Wired tells a entertaining story about the possibilities are available in a world were knowledge is as easily available as never before and people can connect world wide.

A great inspiration to start something yourself, so I did https://www.meetup.com/Esslingen-Makerspace

Russland verstehen: der Kampf um die Ukraine und die Arroganz des Westens (Krone-Schmalz 2015)

The former ARD Russia correspondent describes what happens in the Ukraine and Russia from her perspective, which is very different to what german media publicize. As a journalist she gives examples on how wording is used to frame news.

Thinking, fast and slow (Kahneman 2011)

Wonderful book showing how limited our thinking really is. He gives plenty of examples

Ausser Dienst (Schmidt 2009)

A man hugely missed not only by his supporters. This book is a brilliant read about the life of a man who had a clear set of values and lived up to them in politics against huge resistance.

Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies (Diamond and Ford 2000)

How did society got started, why is Europe more influential than Africa? The book gives an explanation why societies developed differently, some areas don’t have ship able rivers, others have an unstable climate, mountains stop spread of technology, all those factors are woven to a story about the development of civilization

An introduction to the theory of random signals and noise (Davenport, Root, and others 1958)

Detailed discussion about random noise with thorough mathematical background, a classic

Wavelets: Eine Einführung für Ingenieure (Bäni 2009)

Deep space optical communications (Hemmati 2006)

R for Data Science (Wickham and Grolemund 2017)

A wonderful introduction to the programming language “R” for data science written by Hadley, the master himself.

Simulation-based optimization (Gosavi and others 2015)

An introduction to random vibrations, spectral & wavelet analysis (Newland 2012)

Machine learning: a probabilistic perspective (Murphy 2012)

Orbital mechanics for engineering students (Curtis 2013)

Applied predictive modeling [kuhn2013applied]

The author has a great online resource on feature engineering “A Practical Approach for Predictive Models” http://www.feat.engineering )

An introduction to statistical learning (James et al. 2013)

Also the authors host a 15h course on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4OWDcPB1peiBXDfCSZ3h-w/playlists?view=1&sort=dd&shelf_id=0

The PDF verions of the slides is available at https://www.dataschool.io/15-hours-of-expert-machine-learning-videos/

Integrierte Navigationssysteme: Sensordatenfusion, GPS und Inertiale Navigation (Wendel 2009)

Quaternions and rotation sequences (Kuipers and others 1999)

Anderson, C. 2012. Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. Crown/Archetype. https://books.google.de/books?id=2PQFNrG9n-oC.

Bäni, Werner. 2009. Wavelets: Eine Einführung Für Ingenieure. Oldenbourg Verlag.

Brzezinski, Zbigniew. 2016. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic books.

Curtis, Howard D. 2013. Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students. Butterworth-Heinemann.

Davenport, Wilbur B, William L Root, and others. 1958. An Introduction to the Theory of Random Signals and Noise. Vol. 159. McGraw-Hill New York.

Diamond, Jared, and Lincoln E Ford. 2000. “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 43 (4). [Chicago] University of Chicago Press.: 609.

Gosavi, Abhijit, and others. 2015. Simulation-Based Optimization. Springer.

Harari, Yuval Noah. 2014. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Random House.

———. 2016. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Random House.

———. 2018. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Random House.

Hemmati, Hamid. 2006. Deep Space Optical Communications. Vol. 11. John Wiley & Sons.

James, Gareth, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie, and Robert Tibshirani. 2013. An Introduction to Statistical Learning. Vol. 112. Springer.

Kahneman, Daniel. 2011. Thinking, Fast and Slow. Macmillan.

Krone-Schmalz, Gabriele. 2015. Russland Verstehen: Der Kampf Um Die Ukraine Und Die Arroganz Des Westens. Vol. 6195. CH Beck.

Kuipers, Jack B, and others. 1999. Quaternions and Rotation Sequences. Vol. 66. Princeton university press Princeton.

Matlin, Margaret W. 2012. “Pollyanna Principle.” In Cognitive Illusions, 267–84. Psychology Press.

Murphy, Kevin P. 2012. Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective. MIT press.

Newland, David Edward. 2012. An Introduction to Random Vibrations, Spectral & Wavelet Analysis. Courier Corporation.

Rosling, H. 2018. “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.” New York: Flatiron Books.

Schmidt, Helmut. 2009. Außer Dienst: Eine Bilanz. Siedler Verlag.

Stepper, John, and others. 2016. “Working Out Loud.” Training & Development 43 (1). Australian Institute of Training; Development: 6.

Tegmark, Max. 2017. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Knopf.

Wagenknecht, Sahra. 2018. Reichtum Ohne Gier: Wie Wir Uns Vor Dem Kapitalismus Retten. Campus Verlag.

Wendel, Jan. 2009. Integrierte Navigationssysteme: Sensordatenfusion, Gps Und Inertiale Navigation. Oldenbourg Verlag.

Wickham, Hadley, and Garrett Grolemund. 2017. R for Data Science: Import, Tidy, Transform, Visualize, and Model Data. 1st ed. Paperback; O’Reilly Media. http://r4ds.had.co.nz/.


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  author = {Sterr, Uwe},
  title = {Uwe's Blog: Uwe's book list},
  url = {http://uwesterr.de/posts/2020-01-20-my-book-list/},
  year = {2020}