Numbers, Figures, Linkages – The Non-Fiction Section

1) Adam Piore: The Body Builders

One of the greatest quests of humanity is to stretch and transcend our limits. Digital technologies place unimaginably huge opportunities in front of us, especially in the field of healthcare. Adam Piore’s book explores the possibilities in bioengineering. How can we engineer, rebuild and augment human capabilities now and what can we expect in the future.

2) Nate Silver: The Signal and the Noise

Forecasting and building up predictions is a risky business and sometimes it seems only a hair’s breadth away from fortune telling. The founder of The New York Times political blog, statistician and writer, Nate Silver poses the question why we are so bad at making viable predictions. He walks you through the cognitive biases and systemic problems in the forecasting process, such as information overload. He also shows the way how not to fall into their trap. It is an essential reading for every trendsetter and data geek.

3) Elisabeth Rosenthal: An American Sickness

To lead the way into the 21st century of medicine and healing, we have to be familiar with the current healthcare systems down to the most remote hospital corridor. Rosenthal, holding an MD from Harvard Medical School and having worked as an ER physician coupled with her background as a correspondent at The New York Times, explores the thousands of flaws of the American healthcare system. Moreover, she does not stop at looking at what’s wrong, she dives deep and also tries to offer some solutions.

4) Olivia Fox Cabane & Judah Pollack: The Net and the Butterfly

Former colleagues at Stanford StartX, Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack teamed up to contemplate about the nature of creativity and leadership. The book promises to teach you the skills that will transform your brain into a consistent generator of insights. Through a step-by-step process, it shows you the way to access the part of your brain that produces breakthroughs, while systematically removes internal blocks.

Smart drugs, Robots, Aliens – The Fiction Section

5) Daryl Gregory: Afterparty

What if anyone could download drug recipes and 3D-print them at home? What if you could find God through brain-altering pills? And what if these superpowers end up in the hands of the greedy or self-interested? Afterparty builds up the world of drug-promoting churches, gangs run by ruthless old ladies, Native American smugglers and a wildly imaginative quest to set all these things straight. Impossible to put down!

6) Cixin Liu: The Three-Body Problem

If you want to learn about human nature and science, to measure your mind against the brilliance of new ideas, this is the book for you. Acclaimed Chinese writer, Cixin Liu takes you to a secret military project during China’s Cultural Revolution, where soldiers are sending signals into space to establish contact with aliens. When a group of unearthly creatures responds, you will find yourself caught up in the story-telling line, and your mind will be gradually blown away with a masterpiece of science fiction.

7) Adrian Tchaikovsky: Children of Time

The book brings back the age-old question with a fresh and exciting response: what will happen to mankind if we have to leave our beloved planet Earth? And what if we found a new planet? What would happen then? Tchaikovsky takes you on a journey with a complex parabola imagining the future of mankind from scientific, anthropological as well as sociological aspects. It is a thought-provoking piece of science fiction!

8) Sylvain Neuvel: Waking Gods

You cannot read enough about the clash of technology and humankind for power over resources and habitat. This book imagines the scenario of giant robots invading planet Earth and possible responses of the Earthians. Waking Gods is the second novel of Sylvain Neuvel, who imploded the science fiction scene last year with Sleeping Giants, a masterpiece about a giant metallic hand and its many mysteries leading to the building of the Themis robot.

I believe that being able to peek into the world of a writer not only boosts your creativity but also advances scientific thinking. So, take your time for some of these great reads this summer! And if you have any more suggestion, contact me on LinkedIn or Facebook. I’m always happy to hear about new science-fiction or non-fiction books.

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