Update the best textbooks on every subject list

by ryan_b 1 min read8th Nov 201813 comments


I occasionally refer back to lukeprog's Best Textbooks on Every Subject post. I thought it might be a good idea to direct people back to it in the hopes of updating the list, for the following reasons:

  • Old lesswrong is fully integrated now, so we can do it from this site.
  • It hasn't been significantly updated in 8 years; since then it seems like the community has both diversified and increased in size, so hopefully we can both broaden and deepen the list.
  • In the interim there have been several rounds of people who have done various levels of MIRI's research guide, and it seems like there is richer engagement with the fields surrounding rationality.
  • A lot of textbooks get published in 8 years; new ones may be improvements over the old, or we may have gained textbooks for fields which lacked them previously.
  • I would be particularly interested in anything which accounts for the replication crisis, especially with respect to important fields like behavioral economics.

At ChristianKI's suggestion:

Here are the rules:
1. Post the title of your favorite textbook on a given subject.
2. You must have read at least two other textbooks on that same subject.
3. You must briefly name the other books you've read on the subject and explain why you think your chosen textbook is superior to them.