Alvin Kerber

math and computers and stuff


Detox: a reading and study list

“If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.”

The pandemic has been hard. I’m fine physically but I’ve slipped into some dangerous mental habits. I hope this will help.

Without a physical library, lots of the cues and familiarity for reading books are gone. Instead, I fell in some old traps I set for myself years ago. Now I’m trying to get back out. I’m learning to use a Kindle, but it’s slow going. I hope writing some things down will help me stay organized.

Remember that:

(I should’ve trusted my gut in 2011, but oh well, here we are. It’s not too late!)

“Not even wrong”

CS:

Physics:

Mathematics:

“I fear the man of one book”

Philosophy:

History:

AA:

Human Biology:

Media:

Design:

Politics:

Rhetoric:

“Nothing new under the sun”

“Idle hands do the devil’s work”

Theory and inspiration:

Concrete topics:

“All work and no play”

“A cure worse than the disease”

Also: