Hs anyone read a good book recently?

(This is an excuse to fill my already-full to-read list even more)

@acciomath They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky, Judy A. Bernstein

@soren Looks really interesting!

@acciomath It is, and I'm not a history person by any means.

@soren I am neither, funnily enough

"The Magic of Math: Solving for x and figuring out why" by Arthur Benjamin.

@MutoShack Turns out I've read that book! I don't remember any of it though, so... maybe it's time for a re-read 😅

@acciomath I loved the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy.

@JordiGH Huh! I thought it was just a movie.

@acciomath The movie was quite good, but it had some significant changes to fit the romcom format. The books are less formulaic in that regard.

@JordiGH Good to know

@acciomath Lovecraft Country

@acciomath Broken Earth trilogy was SO GOOD. I'm also reading S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, which is more of an experience than a book.

@ejk Ooh, those look really good. Thanks! :D

@acciomath Yep, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.

@epicmorphism Great! :)

@acciomath
I'm currently reading the first Dune novel and really enjoying it.

As for math books, I've recently read parts of "An introduction to Gödel's theorems" by Peter Smith and am very convinced it is very good. It does require a bit of prior knowledge about formal logic, though.

@abs Do you have any suggestions on where to get an introduction to formal logic?

@acciomath
Sadly, I don't know any good introductory resources in English from personal experience, but I have heard good things about "Understanding Formal Logic" by Virginia Klenk.

@abs Wonderful, thanks! :D

@acciomath
I'm not sure, pinging @mrjunge who told me about it.

@abs It's by the author you listed, so I'm thinking that it might be the book you mean, but thank you for checking c:

@abs
@acciomath
The title is Understanding Symbolic Logic by Virginia Klenk.

@mrjunge @abs Hooray, thanks :D

@acciomath A Fire Upon the Deep is great if you're into sci-fi.

Quantum Computing since Democritus was a fun read. It's a style and level similar to Susskind's Theoretical Minimum, a sort of middle ground between textbook and popsci.

@j Thanks! :D

@acciomath I read Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything by Philip Ball from U Chicago Press (one of the free e-books). It's an academic's book, but has enough breadth to move at a good pace and enough depth to be interesting.

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