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Dan Heisman

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Dan Heisman is a United States Chess Federation National Master, author and instructor.
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The Big Picture
On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Sean Carroll - May 16, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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The instant New York Times bestseller about humanity's place in the universe--and how we understand it."Vivid...impressive....Splendidly informative."--The New York Times "Succeeds spectacularly."--Science"A tour de force."--Salon Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Se ...
Dan Heisman
Aug 25, 2021
The most "tour de force" fun book I ever read was Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Hofstadter but the most tour-de-force "non-fun" book was The Big Picture by Sean Carroll Both deep stuff & highly recommended.      source
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - Feb 05, 1999 (first published in 1979)
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal syste...
Dan Heisman
Aug 25, 2021
The most "tour de force" fun book I ever read was Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Hofstadter but the most tour-de-force "non-fun" book was The Big Picture by Sean Carroll Both deep stuff & highly recommended.      source
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Applying Logic in Chess
Erik Kislik - May 31, 2018
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Shortlisted for the FIDE Book of the Year Award Is chess a logical game? What constitutes an advantage in chess? How can we set problems and create psychologically difficult situations for the opponent? These are big questions, and Erik Kislik tackles them and others head-on in this thought-provoking, thoroughly modern, and original work. He answer...
Dan Heisman
Mar 10, 2021
I have added Kislic's Applying Logic in Chess to my Recommended Book page Don't be fooled by the title; it's actually a coach's "soup to nuts" recommendations/opinions for how talented players can progress to a very strong level. Comprehensive. #Chess      source
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Chess Exam And Training Guide
Rate Yourself And Learn How To Improve (Chess Exams)
Igor Khmelnitsky - Sep 30, 2004
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This book offers a unique approach to chess self-evaluation and training. It will answer the two most common questions that players ask an experienced coach - what is my true rating (or strengths and weaknesses)? How do I improve? The readers will find: 100 diagrams & 200 total questions of various difficulty. Comprehensive answers include diagrams...
Dan Heisman
Jan 29, 2021
J29 As an actuary, IM Igor Khmelnitsky knows statistics. So he shows stats about how each level of solver did on each problem in his book Chess Exam and Training Guide. These stats clearly show what level understands the needs/issues of each problem. Recommended for 1500+ #Chess      source
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Winning Chess Strategy for Kids
Jeff Coakley - Dec 01, 2000
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Winning Chess Strategy for Kids is a fun and comprehensive chess course written for children 7 to 13 years old. Full of original material and entertaining artwork, it's a perfect guide for learning the royal game. Parents and teachers are sure to like it too. The book begins on square one: covering the rules, basic mates, and elementary tactics. It...
Dan Heisman
Apr 27, 2019
@upenn08 Yes, all of Jeff Coakley's books are excellent (and not just for kids). This book, Winning Chess Exercises for Kids is, IMHO, the best intermediate tactics puzzle book. (Just look at his comprehensive answers!) #chess      source