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Advait Raykar

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reviewed Think Like a Rocket Scientist

Very anectdotal and platitudes based.

3 star

Was not very impressed. The ideas didn't seem fleshed out and felt like surface-level anecdotes about people and companies. Some stories were good, and the book is not badly written. Could have been much shorter given the content. Beyond a point, the examples get too much and feel unrelated to the main point; just feels like trivia.

reviewed How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers

The art of the Zettelkasten

4 star

Stupid, stupid heirarchies.

Ever so often, you come across ideas that, if implemented properly, can change your life. This book has presented to me an idea - Zettelkasten - that I believe has this potential.

At its core, this book is a sales pitch for the virtues of Zettelkasten, a method for personal knowledge management popularised by German polymath Niklas …

How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers (2017, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

4 star

How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers by

An informational book that describes and advocates for the note taking system of the German sociologist Niklas Luhmann. The author's primary claim is that Luhmann's system of keeping a slip-box (or "zettelkasten") full of interesting ideas and bibliographic references can help students, academics, and non-fiction writers be more productive.

reviewed Chaos

Strange attractors, everywhere

4 star

Strange attractors, everywhere

Chaos, by Jame Gleick is the most beautiful introduction to a field of Mathematics I have ever read. First, let's get this out of the way - Chaos is not a very "technical" book. It's first a historical account of the creation of a new field of maths, and then a science book. But that, in my …

Chaos (Paperback, 1987, Viking Adult)

4 star

reviewed Amusing ourselves to death

Postman is probably glad he is dead.

4 star

Neil Postman wrote this critique of the television back in the 1980s. His primary thesis was that, we, as a society are slowly killing coherent dialogue due to the propagation of mass media. In a lot of senses, the stance that Postman is taking maybe agreeable at face value, but Postman takes an extremist stance on the matter - he …

reviewed Built to sell

Make something that outlives you.

4 star

This book is a quaint book. The characters are fleshed out, and their stories endearing. It follows the journey of Alex, a business owner of an advertising firm. The first chapter establishes him as the guy who is doing all the heavy lifting, with his firm consisting of average-at-best generalist employees, and most of the business coming from a few …

wants to read 21 lessons for the 21st century

21 lessons for the 21st century (2018)

4 star

21 lessons for the 21st century by

In Sapiens, he explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today's most pressing issues.

How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations …

rated Optionality

4 star

Optionality (Paperback, Thales Press)

4 star

Optionality by

Not Sure What the Future Holds? No Problem.

It’s hard not to be worried about the future, especially if you just lost your job, are trying to plan your career, or are suddenly missing thousands of dollars from your retirement account.

In Optionality, finance columnist Richard Meadows lays out a time-tested strategy for not only becoming resilient to shocks, but …