I’ve been caught by Tim. For what it’s worth, here goes.
Number of books I own: 800ish, excluding journals.
Last book I bought: ABRSM Scales and Arpeggios for Guitar, Grades 6-8.
That’s’ 6 to 8 peeps. 6 to 8 .
Last book I (re)read: Marcus du Sautoy’s Music of the Primes.
Five books that mean a lot to me (apart from these):
1. Kahneman and Tversky: Judgment under Uncertainty. The classic description of how thinking goes wrong.
2. Penguin Essays of George Orwell. Kahneman and Tversky teach us how to think. Orwell teaches us how to write. Who needs more?
3. John Cochrane: Asset Pricing. One for the day job. It reminds me of the enormous gulf between real thinking about stock markets and everything you read in the dead tree business.
4. David Ricardo: Principles of Political Economy. Partly because it reminds me of my college days, but also because Ricardo was a better economist than Smith – just as Kalecki was a better economist than Keynes (a claim I’ll justify one day).
5. Peter Kennedy: Guide to Econometrics. I’d never have gotten through my masters course without it.