As of late 2016, reading became one of the ways I spend my evening doing. Before, I thought of reading to be something I needed to do in order to get good grades, however, now I feel that it’s something that’s reshaping my world and stretching out my horizon for the better. It’s something giving my brain some exercise to keep it healthy. I wish I’d started earlier. As soon as I bought my first book “Space Chronicles-Facing The Ultimate Frontier” written by my personal favorite scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson in late 2016, I realized that a writer put their best collection of knowledge in a specific area into a book. Lessons learned from a book are priceless.
I decided to round up the list of books I read in 2017 along with a brief description to see how productive my free time was.
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson: This books describes briefly the known universe and its major contents including the Earth. You get a mini-PhD in astrophysics just by reading this book. Recommended to anyone who’s curious about our place in the cosmos but really don’t have much time to invest.
- The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku: This book talks about the human mind and its potential to be connected with a computer in the future. This book describes many parts of our brain and how it all work in harmony. Useful to people want to learn about their brain and its compatibility with a digital computer. Can our mind be controlled remotely by someone sitting on a computer?
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: Pual was a neurosurgeon and unfortunately, also a cancer patient to himself. Paul was diagnosed with stage iv lung cancer and died. He chronicled his experiences as an ambitious neurosurgeon and later battling with the cancer. The meaning of life and how it’s understood in different stages of life in author’s eyes are reflected in this book. An useful life lesson in this book.
- How Not to Die by Michael Greger, MD: The book talks about many diseases that we get and where and how they originate. How our health gets a second priority to business in this country is also came out in this book. Theoretically, pretty much every disease is preventable by careful choosing of diet and lifestyle. Vegetables are the way to go for a longer healthy life. Remember, humans evolved eating plants not burgers.
- Endurance- a year in space. A lifetime of discovery by Scott Kelly: Scott is one of the most famous Astronauts alive. He’s the Neil Armstrong of 21st century. He and his twin brother Mark Kelly participated in NASA’s twin study where Scott spent a year in space aboard ISS to examine how long duration spaceflight affects human body. In this book, Scott decribed his experiences becoming an astronaut and his flight to/from ISS. This book shows how to fight for your goal and achieve it.
In addition, I made seven posts to my blog in 2017. Certainly not an impressive record, but 2018 can surely be better.