„A library is a hyper-dimensional work of art“ – Casti

John L. Casti about books, why social mood matter and taking risks.

„To me, a library is a hyper-dimensional work of art.“

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That’s the list of books which John L. Casti thinks have influenced his life the most – I think it’s a interesting list and wanted to share that with you. Have you read any of them? Would you want to read some together?

Five Books That Have Influenced My Life

Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter (intellectual life)
Fundamentals of Measurement and the Representation of Natural Systems by Robert Rosen (professional life)
The Wave Principle of Social Behavior and the New Science of Socionomics by Robert Prechter (financial/intellectual life)
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Doestoevsky (personal life)
The Trial by Franz Kafka (social life)

35+1 Books That Have Influenced My Life

General Science

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by T. Kuhn
Science and Unreason by D. Radner and M. Radner
Reliable Knowledge by J. Ziman
The Fortune Sellers by W. Sherden
Metamagical Themas by D. Hofstadter


Lectures on the Foundation of Mathematics by L. Wittgenstein
Structural Stability and Morphogenesis by R. Thom
Adaptive Control Processes by R. Bellman
The Fractal Geometry of Nature by B. Mandelbrot
Chaos by J. Gleick


The Random Character of Stock Market Prices by P. Cootner
Psychology and the Stock Market by D. Dreman
The Idea of Economic Complexity by D. Warsh
The Misbehavior of Markets by B. Mandelbrot and R. Hudson
Increasing Returns and Path-Dependence in the Economy by W. B. Arthur

Biology/Social Science

Sociobiology by E. Wilson
The Selfish Gene by R. Dawkins
The Presence of the Past by R. Sheldrake
What is Life? by E. Schrödinger
The Collapse of Complex Societies by J. Tainter

General Fiction

The Plague by A. Camus
The Journeyer by G. Jennings
The Day of the Jackal by F. Forsyth
Being There by J. Kozinski
The Novel by J. Michener


Wittgenstein by R. Monk
Alan Turing: The Enigma by A. Hodges
Einstein by R. Clark
The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III by P. Byrne
Keynes by P. Clarke

Science Fiction

Solaris by S. Lem
Permutation City by G. Egan
Timescape by G. Benford
The Truth Machine by J. Halperin
A Philosophical Investigation by P. Kerr

Hard to Categorize

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by R. Pirsig

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