Interviews by Toby Ash
Popular culture shapes our fantasies, our expectations and our beliefs about what is real, argues Susan Bordo. She picks five books that shed light on popular culture.
Their language indicates they originated in India, but the music they play is world music. Some will tell your fortune but they don't believe in supernatural powers. Yaron Matras recommends the best books and dispels some common myths about Gypsies.
The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence
by Benoit B. Mandelbrot
Foundations of Economic Analysis
by Paul A. Samuelson
Why Stock Markets Crash: Critical Events in Complex Financial Systems
by Didier Sornette
Beat the Market: A Scientific Stock Market System
by Edward O. Thorp and Sheen T. Kassouf
The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next
by Lee Smolin
Blaming “the quants” for the 2008 financial crisis is simplistic and short-sighted, says the author of The Physics of Wall Street. He picks five books showing the contribution physics has made to understanding financial markets.
If you were the last person alive and had to leave a testament to how our world worked, which five books would you choose? Political economist Mark Blyth makes his ‘desert island’ choices.
In the decades following Italian unification, its authors started writing in the new common language: Italian. Italy-based novelist Tim Parks introduces us to some of the best novels by some of Italy's greatest writers.
Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics
by Eric D. Beinhocker
Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters
by Richard Rumelt
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
by Michael Lewis
Guns, Germs and Steel
by Jared Diamond
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations
by David S Landes