Review: The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More proof that you can’t go wrong with a Michael Lewis book. This is the story of the revolution in psychology and behavioral economics ushered in by the work of two researchers, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Together they pretty much demolished the idea of human beings as coldly rational economic agents.

I had encountered their ideas before, but this book was a good refresher. What I wasn’t aware of was their extraordinary individual biographies and the remarkable, and sometimes fraught, nature of their collaboration.

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Review: The Gene: An Intimate History

The Gene: An Intimate History
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really excellent history of the science and medicine and social impact of genetics and heredity. As a practicing oncologist (a discipline being revolutionized by recent advances in the genetics of cancer) Mukherjee brings a novel perspective to this subject. He also does not avoid the darker aspects of the field including our shameful history of eugenics.

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