Archive for May 23rd, 2011

What I’m Reading

Just a quick note this morning.
I’m currently in the midst of a couple books for work and another for pleasure.
For work, I’m finishing up Duncan Watt’s recent book Everything is Obvious (Once You Know the Answer). It does a very nice job explaining why social science is so difficult. He also effectively diagnoses why we are so often misled by our common sense.
I’m also reading an edited volume by David Lane, Sander van der Leeuw, Denise Pumain, and Geoffrey West called Complexity Perspectives in Innovation and Social Change. Very interesting and advanced thinking on innovation, the role of urbanism, and linking of various theories from biology, economics, sociology, etc. I should note, Sander’s also my employer!
Finally, I’m really enjoying one of the best books on baseball of all time, Roger Kahn’s book on Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers, The Boys of Summer.