Here are my favourite non-technical reads of the year in no particular order. If you’re searching for reading inspiration for 2024, I hope this list proves helpful.
- The Code Breaker by @Walter Isaacson
- The Pattern Seekers by Simon Baron-Cohen
- Numbers Don’t Lie: 71 Things You Need to Know About the World by Vaclav Smil.
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.
- On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson
The Code Breaker provides a detailed look into the life and accomplishments of Jennifer Doudna, focusing on her pivotal role in the co-development of CRISPR technology. An American biochemist, Doudna is among the first women to be honored with a Nobel in the sciences. However, it’s more than just a biography; it delves into the future implications of biotechnology and its moral complexities, mirroring the dynamic AI scenario of today. Much like myself, readers with a background in biology will find it particularly engaging.
The Pattern Seekers by Simon Baron-Cohen
Simon Baron-Cohen, an expert in psychology and autism, argues in this book that humans’ unique inventiveness is due to our ability to recognize patterns, especially the if-and-then patterns, a trait linked genetically to autism. He explores how this skill has fueled advancements from ancient tools to modern technology over 70,000 years, challenging conventional views on autism.