Summer-reading-list_blog-1024x768It’s coming up to bank holiday weekend here in the UK (we’ve got our fingers crossed for sunshine!) and we’re looking forward to catching up on some reading. We’ve put together our summer reading list following on from our posts in spring and over Christmas.

Here are some of our recent reads and books we’re keen to read soon.

Ray re-read the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, which explores the question of what motivates a creative thinker. It’s one of life’s important reads for Ray. Both Sam and Ray are looking forward to checking out Peter Thiel’s Zero to One.

Sam recently read Hooked by Nir Eyal, which considers how to build habit forming products. Sam has also been reading up on recommendation engines. The Recommender Systems Handbook has lots of good contributions including a summary of the collaborative filtering approach used by Koren et al which won the Netflix challenge. Sam is also reading Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning by David Barber, there’s an online version available here.

Lisa is reading Resonate by Nancy Duarte. It outlines how to create amazing presentations that tell a story, drawing on techniques that are common in film and literature. I’ll be finishing the Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes over the bank holiday. It charts scientific innovation and discovery during the romantic period, starting in 1769 with Captain Cooks arrival in Tahiti.

Happy bank holiday reading!