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 differential equations. Cavalrymen dispatch the orders. They ride up and down aisles carved among the phalanxes – a crude approximation of circuitry – […]

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Cole Altom
Cole Altom is the managing editor at Geopolitical Futures. He oversees the publishing department, which curates the website, develops Geopolitical Futures’ editorial strategy, consults with analysts, liaises with marketing and maintains the integrity of all published material. Before joining Geopolitical Futures, Mr. Altom worked at Stratfor for seven years, during which time, as managing editor, he handled special projects, served as personnel director for the publishing department, ran the internship program, managed website taxonomy, tracked website analytics, developed new content types and edited and copyedited published material. Mr. Altom earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and political science at Trinity University in San Antonio. He is a certified English teacher and is conversant in Spanish.