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I’m sad to share the news that my wife, Melissa Bacon, passed away this last weekend after a battle with cancer. She was amazing beyond words. For those in the Seattle area, we will be having a celebration of her life. Details here A Celebration of…
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Crystal Fire: The Invention of the Transistor and the Birth of the Information Age by Michael Riordan and Lillian Hoddeson We live in the age of the transistor. One estimate is that humanity has made over 2.9 sextillion transistors (sextillion is…
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Moore’s Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley’s Quiet Revolutionary by Arnold Thackray, David Brock and Rachel Jones. Gordon Moore once said my name. I’ve always been pretty stoked about that. Mostly because he was at the center of one of the…
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Book: John Stewart Bell and Twentieth-Century Physics, Vision and Integrity

John Stewart Bell and Twentieth-Century Physics: Vision and Integrity by Andrew Whitaker The strangeness of quantum theory shows itself in Bell’s theorem. At its root it says that if quantum theory behaves as it’s formalism predicts, you have to give up…
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Dark Pools: The Rise of the Machine Traders and the Rigging of the U.S. Stock Market by Scott Patterson. A bit of a misnamed book, mostly this is about the rise of electronic trading markets, with a good discussion of role of high frequency trading in…
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Book: A Man for All Markets, From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market

A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market by Edward O. Thorp. Edward Thorp has does some amazing things. He invented card counting for the game of blackjack. He built, with Claude Shannon of all people, one…
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Book: Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari An ambitious look at humanity from the time when we could first call ourselves human. The book shines the brightest when it takes a step back and looks at humanity without the prior lens of how we…
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Book: Overcomplicated, Technology at the Limits of Comprehension

Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension by Samuel Arbesman Time, or at least today’s society, points in the direction of more technological interconnectedness. In this book Sam Arbesman lays out the increasing complexity of our…
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Book: Proofs and Refutations, The Logic of Mathematical Discovery

Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery by Imre Lakatos The flow is a mental state in which you are totally immersed in what you are doing. It’s been a long time since I got into the flow while reading a book, but this book did it for…
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Book: The Quantum Handshake, Entanglement, Nonlocality and Transactions by John Cramer

The Quantum Handshake: Entanglement, Nonlocality and Transactions by John Cramer. The transactional interpretation of quantum theory is probably the most neglected interpretation of quantum theory (I know, you would have thought all interpretations of…
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