I enjoy watching David Pogue host episodes of Nova on PBS. He is great at taking complex science and making it accessible and interesting to the view. His new book, How to Prepare for Climate ChangeL A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos, is along those same lines.Continue reading “How to Prepare for Climate Change”
Tom Burgis has done amazing research into the web of kleptocrats that has risen out of the fall of the Soviet Union. Most of the focus is on Russian mobster Semion Mogilevich and the Kazakh Trio of oligarchs that own Eurasian Natural Resources Company.Continue reading “Book Review: Kleptopia”
On Borrowed Time is a both comprehensive and concise study of the economics of mined resources and their related commodities. It is the perfect resource for anyone interested in investing or working in these commodities or their related industries or getting a better handle on how to interpret physical and economic measures of resource availability.Continue reading “Book Review: On Borrowed Time”
Moneyball is an amazing multi-genre book that is changing the way that millions of people think about sports as well as other topics. The statistics used to evaluate baseball players were not an accurate portrayal of player value. When Bill James blew that wide open with his Baseball Abstract, most of baseball didn’t notice. Those who did shrugged.
Once Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane started winning against all odds by using sabermetrics as the basis for player selection, people finally started paying attention. Even then, it took a long time for baseball to come around.Continue reading “Book Review: Moneyball”