What We’re Reading: Jan. 30, 2018

What We're Reading

|January 29, 2018

Below you will find a list of books that members of the Geopolitical Futures team are currently reading. It highlights insightful and relevant books from around the globe and the reasons we chose them.

The Three-Body Problem
By Liu Cixin

Picture this. In the 16th century, or maybe the 17th, I don’t really know, in a land that may or may not be Egypt, Sir Isaac Newton stabs a guy in the arm, then meets computer scientist John von Neumann and someone who goes by the name Copernicus but who is not, in fact, the famed astronomer, at the top of a pyramid. (Incidentally, Julius Caesar is alive too.)

Together, they input data into the … I guess you could call it a machine … they had just assembled, a “computer” composed of tens of millions of Chinese soldiers lent to them by Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin dynasty. The soldiers are equipped with black and white flags that they raise or lower, depending on the orders issued by the scientists, to simulate dif

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