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gwern comments on The Best Textbooks on Every Subject - Less Wrong

167 Post author: lukeprog 16 January 2011 08:30AM

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Comment author: gwern 16 January 2011 05:14:02PM *  12 points [-]

I can't help but question this post.

Textbook recommendations are all over. From the old SIAI reading shelf to books individually recommended in articles and threads to wiki pages to here (is this even the first article to try to compile a reading list? I don't think it is.)

Maybe we would be better off adding pages to the LW wiki. So for [[Economics]] a brief description why economics is important to know, links to relevant LW posts, and then a section == Recommended reading ==. And so on for all the other subjects here.

Work smarter, not harder!

Comment author: lukeprog 16 January 2011 05:31:21PM *  21 points [-]

The problem is that lots of textbook recommendations are not very good. I've been recommended lots of bad books in my life. That's what is unique about this post: it demands that recommendations be given only by people who are fairly well-read on the subject (at least 3 textbooks).

But yes, adding this data to the Wiki would be great.

Comment author: nazgulnarsil 16 January 2011 05:39:56PM 7 points [-]

agreed, but the idea to add this info to the wiki once the thread has matured is a good one.

Comment author: Will_Sawin 16 January 2011 05:51:08PM 3 points [-]

However, a centralized repository-of-textbooks is also a good idea.

Comment author: XiXiDu 16 January 2011 05:53:59PM 9 points [-]

Textbook recommendations are all over.

Since the parent omitted a link: singinst.org/reading/

Comment author: Benito 16 July 2013 09:11:13PM 3 points [-]