Category: Books

“The Other Side of Paradise” by Staceyann Chin

A few days ago, I finished reading “The Other Side of Paradise” by Staceyann Chin – the poet and political activist that I previously introduced in this post. The book is a memoir of Staceyann’s early life. She grew up in 1970’s Jamaica, abandoned by her parents and then later abused by multiple people. On top […]

Gender, to me

Listening to kids

The other day, I discovered Staceyann Chin, a spoken-word poet and political activist. I was immediately drawn by her fearlessness, her strength and the way that she communicates her beliefs. She speaks beautifully. On her Youtube channel, Staceyann posts “living room protests”: short conversations with her daughter, Zuri. The themes are usually political but sometimes the […]

Decartes’ life

Men of Mathematics In this short video, Freeman Dyson recommends a book called “Men of Mathematics”. The book provides an insight into the lives and contributions of the greatest mathematicians, from Zeno to Poincaré. Both Freeman Dyson and John Nash, two incredible mathematicians, have spoken about this book. Apparently, reading it encouraged them to pursue Mathematics as […]

Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth

“Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth”, Nick Murray

In “Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth”, Nick Murray presents a simple plan for building real wealth – “an income one doesn’t outlive and a significant legacy to one’s heirs”. These are the most important points I have taken from the book: You can build and preserve wealth through a program of lifetime equity investing: Why equities over […]

The Selfish Gene

“The Selfish Gene”, Richard Dawkins

“The Selfish Gene” was published about 20 years after the discovery of the structure of the DNA. At the time, a lot of scientists believed that natural selection was acting at the level of the group. They thought that selfless behavior in an individual could only be explained by a process in which the individual acted […]