Reading List

I’m often asked for my suggested reading.  Here are some of the books that I’ve found especially insightful, listed by sub-topic.  I also include a favorite authors section – basically, I read everything by these people whenever they publish a new work.  This page will be updated from time to time as new books or authors come across my desk.

Introduction to Risk:

Understanding Statistics / Mathematics:

Behavioral Economics / Cognitive Studies:

Complexity Science / Systemic Risk Management:


Favorite Authors:

  • Steven J. Gould
  • Steven Pinker
  • Michael Shermer

Podcasts / Blogs / Magazines that I read or listen to regularly:

  • Radio Lab, an inquisitive and fresh production from National Public Radio’s New York station, WNYC.  Please support it if you like it.
  • Scientific American (the first columns I always read are Michael Shermer’s and Steve Mirsky’s)
  • National Geographic
  • Geologic Podcast, a fresh and funny look at music, skepticism and life (warning: explicit content)

2 Responses to Reading List

  1. Thanks, Damian, excellent list. I will add a few of these to my reading list. Also, as far as behavioral economics/cognitive science list goes, I can also recommend “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. The author is a psychologist, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, and the book was listed among the top 10 for 2011 by the New York Times.

    NYT book review:

    • Bohdan,

      Thanks for the suggestion! “Thinking, Fast and Slow” has been on my reading list for year-end for a while. Kahneman’s work is well known to me and I find it excellent. I only put books on this list that I’ve personally read, so it’ll have to wait until I’m done turning the pages to get its spot on my list.

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