December 12, 2010 9:18 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for some good, meaty non-fiction to read over Christmas break while I'm home from grad school. Something with difficult ideas, yet readable and contemporary, and taking a fairly "big picture" view of a particular field. Any suggestions? Examples below.
posted by decoherence to media & arts (46 answers total) 91 users marked this as a favorite
Previous favorites include Burton Malkiel's "A Random Walk Down Wall Street," Peter Watson's "Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention," Hawking's "A Brief History of Time," Dennett's "Consciousness Explained," and Clive James's "Cultural Amnesia." So in other words, something written for the layperson, but at a high level. Thanks!