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Stewart Brand is an American writer, best known as editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He founded a number of organizations, including The WELL, the Global Business Network, and the Long Now Foundation.
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Project Hail Mary
A Novel
Andy Weir - May 04, 2021
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Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's ju...
Stewart Brand
May 17, 2021
The plot of Andy Weir's PROJECT HAIL MARY consists mostly of science problems and their solutions. Joyously. My question is: What is the youngest age of readers that revel in the book? Because they WILL want to become scientists. Anybody got examples?      source
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Second Nature
Scenes from a World Remade
Nathaniel Rich - Mar 30, 2021
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From the author of Losing Earth, a beautifully told exploration of our post-natural world that points the way to a new mode of ecological writing.We live at a time in which scientists race to reanimate extinct beasts, our most essential ecosystems require monumental engineering projects to survive, chicken breasts grow in test tubes, and multinatio...
Stewart Brand
Mar 26, 2021
Fine review of Nathaniel Rich's excellent book SECOND NATURE in Science magazine:      source
Organizing Genius
The Secrets of Creative Collaboration
Warren Bennis - Jun 04, 1998 (first published in 1997)
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Uncovers the elements of creative collaboration by examining six of the century's most extraordinary groups and distill their successful practices into lessons that virtually any organization can learn and commit to in order to transform its own management into a collaborative and successful group of leaders. Paper. DLC: Organizational effectivenes...
Stewart Brand
Mar 17, 2021
@davidtlang @kevin2kelly The book you describe needs to be written, David. A good one about scenius *within* organizations is ORGANIZING GENIUS:The Secrets of Creative Collaboration, by Warren Bennis:      source
Sea of Cortez
A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research
John Steinbeck - Jul 08, 2009
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The collaboration of two friends-one a novelist, one a novelist, one a marine biologist-produced a volume in which fascinating popular science is woven into a narrative of man's dreams, his ideals, and his accomplishments through the centuries. Sea of Cortez is one of those rare books that are all things to all readers. Actually the record of a bri...
Stewart Brand
Feb 14, 2021
John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts inspired me to become a biologist via the books CANNERY ROW and THE SEA OF CORTEZ. Here is a lovely 9-minute video about them and restoring their famous research boat "Western Flyer."      source
Renaissance Man of Cannery Row
The Life and Letters of Edward F. Ricketts (Alabama Fire Ant)
Edward F. Ricketts - Jun 23, 2003 (first published in 2002)
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This portrait of one of John Steinbeck's closest friends illuminates the life and work of a figure central to the development of scientific and literary thought in the 20th century.Marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts is perhaps best known as the inspiration for John Steinbeck's most empathic literary characters Doc in Cannery Row, Slim in Of Mice a...
Stewart Brand
Feb 14, 2021
John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts inspired me to become a biologist via the books CANNERY ROW and THE SEA OF CORTEZ. Here is a lovely 9-minute video about them and restoring their famous research boat "Western Flyer."      source
With a Daughter's Eye
Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, A
Mary Catherine Bateson - Mar 20, 2001 (first published in 1984)
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In "With a Daughter's Eye," writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson looks back on her extraordinary childhood with two of the world's legendary anthropologists, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. This deeply human and illuminating portrait sheds new light on her parents' prodigious achievements and stands alone as an important con...
Stewart Brand
Jan 05, 2021
@rusmaynard @NoraBateson Indeed. She wrote a fine book about her parents: WITH A DAUGHTER'S EYE: A MEMOIR OF MARGARET MEAD AND GREGORY BATESON.      source
Red Power, 2nd Ed
The American Indians' Fight for Freedom, Second Edition
Troy R. Johnson - May 01, 1999
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Red Power is a classic documentary history of the American Indian activist movement. This landmark second edition considerably expands and updates the original, illustrating the development of American Indian political activism from the 1960s through the end of the twentieth century. Included in the fifty selections are influential statements by In...
Stewart Brand
Nov 06, 2020
Re the term "Red Power," here's a good book: Red Power, 2nd Ed: The American Indians' Fight for Freedom, Second Edition      source
The Life of Samuel Johnson
James Boswell - Dec 22, 2016 (first published in 1790)
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James Boswell was a prominent Scottish biographer, lawyer, and diarist during the late 18th century. Boswell wrote many books and his biography on the great English writer Samuel Johnson is one of the greatest ever written. The Life of Samuel Johnson was published in 1791 and was highly influential in the development of the modern biography....
Stewart Brand
Oct 24, 2020
Yes. Read this remarkable piece. Read Boswell/Johnson. (I had the book injected into my arteries in prep school by a master, to my lifelong benefit. I still remember the name of Johnson’s cat. Hodge. And what to check on with your mind after you’ve had a stroke.)      source
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The Human Planet
Earth at the Dawn of the Anthropocene
George Steinmetz - Apr 07, 2020
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A dynamic aerial exploration of our changing planet, published on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day  The Human Planet is a sweeping visual chronicle of the Earth today from a photographer who has circled the globe to report on such urgent issues as climate change, sustainable agriculture, and the ever-expanding human footprint. George Steinmetz is ...
Stewart Brand
May 02, 2020
Impressive book!      source
The Longest War
Jonathan Waldman - Mar 22, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize ** A Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year Rust has been called “the great destroyer,” the “pervasive menace,” and “the evil.” “This look at corrosion—its causes, its consequences, and especially the people devoted to combating it—is wide-ranging and consistently engrossing” (The New York Times).It ...
Stewart Brand
Apr 14, 2020
@DynamicWebPaige It’s a terrific book.      source
The History Manifesto
Jo Guldi - Oct 02, 2014
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How should historians speak truth to power and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history especially long-term history so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present? The History Manifesto is a call to arms to historians an...
Stewart Brand
Apr 01, 2020
THE HISTORY MANIFESTO is an important book. Now available free, whilst history takes a turn.      source
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The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
The Good Ancestor by Roman Krznaric
Wilding by Isabella Tree
Novacene by James Lovelock
The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
The Shock of the Old by David Edgerton
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Dune by Frank Herbert
Scale by Geoffrey West
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Foundation and Empire by Isaac-Asimov
Foundation by Isaac-Asimov
Time Travel by James Gleick
Machines of Loving Grace by John Markoff
Beowulf by J. Lesslie Hall
Governing the Commons by Elinor Ostrom
Epic of Gilgamesh by Morris Jastrow
Learning to Breathe Fire by J. C. Herz
The Iliad by Homer
Homo Ludens by Johan Huizinga
A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil Macgregor
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse
Turing's Cathedral by George Dyson
Memory of the World by Unesco
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
Dirt by David R. Montgomery
Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser
Why the West Rules--for Now by Ian Morris
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women'S Health Book Collective
The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington
The Coming Population Crash by Fred Pearce
Collapse by Jared Diamond
Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook by Robert Porter
Elements by Theodore Gray
The Encyclopedia of Earth by Michael Allaby
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
The Idea of Decline in Western History by Arthur Herman
The Nature of Things by Lucretius
The Odyssey of Homer by Homer
The Story of Writing by Andrew Robinson
The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil
Military Misfortunes by Eliot A. Cohen
The Map Book by Peter Barber
The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks
The Oxford Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
The Past From Above by Charlotte Trümpler
The Long Summer by Brian Fagan
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Infinite in All Directions by Freeman J. Dyson
The Histories by Herodotus
One True God by Rodney Stark
The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson
The Eternal Frontier by Tim Flannery
Conceptual Physics by J. K
The Way Life Works by Mahlon Hoagland
The Pattern On The Stone by Danny Hillis
The Landmark Thucydides by Thucydides
The Complete Guide to Trail Building and Maintenance by Carl Demrow
Excession by Iain M. Banks
Imagined Worlds by Freeman Dyson
The Art of the Long View by Peter Schwartz
The Western Canon by Harold Bloom
A History of Civilizations by Fernand Braudel
The Civilization of the Middle Ages by Norman F. Cantor
The Rise of the West by William H. McNeill
Medieval Civilization 400 - 1500 by Jacques le Goff
Powers of Ten by Philip Morrison
The Causes of War by Geoffrey Blainey
Thinking in Time by Richard E. Neustadt
Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge
The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin
The Gift by Lewis Hyde
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
Grand design by Georg Gerster
Venice, A Maritime Republic by Frederic Chapin Lane
The King and the Corpse by Heinrich Zimmer
The Complete Greek Tragedies by Sophocles
Gaia by James Lovelock