Edit: Just wanted to add, now I run 10k easily, feel great after each run and dont have any headaches and I think, though i dont really care, i loose weight too. Just keeping the HR under control during the run, thats all you need.
+Descartes' Geometry where he declares that you can choose any line as a unit to measure other lines (your knowledge depends on what you already know, your unit) (p.1)
+Galileo's Dialogues for the realization that real understanding of nature does not come from academic gibberish and research is actually fun
+Dana Densmore's Newton book to understand Principia
+Slow burn by Stu Mittleman to understand how human body deals with fat and sugar
+The Answer John Assaraf about habits
+Paul Graham's essays on education and dropping out of school for early startup
+Ernst Mach's History of mechanics for its incredible lucidity and classic simplicity
+Euclid for its complete lack of physics in it and its beautiful diagrams
+Aristotle for appreciation of curiosity
+Bertrand Russel for his humor
and for his Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy
Really beautiful book so simple and fun to read...
For his intellectual quest going in circles
I believe that if you continue long enough in your quest, your research and understandings will describe such a circle. That's not a bad thing, I guess.
How does the world work? The world works the way you look at it. http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=210104 We see what we believe.
Ooops, I think I am steering away from your question. But I learned something about how the world works from each one of these books.
I totally appreciate your approach to the question from a wholistic view (including the social and human elements) by disregarding academic boundaries.
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