Presents for economists and other nerds

The same procedure as every year… Too little time, but the urgent need for good presents. As a little help, I made a short list of potential presents for economists and other nerds that you might not have thought about.

  • Logicomix – For all those who missed the #1 New York Times bestseller, this graphic novel about mathematics, logic and the philosopher Bertrand Russell is a, if not the, perfect present.
  • Moneyball – For all those European people who just saw the movie and wonder: what the hell is a „walk“? The book provides more detail and is an interesting and fun read throughout.
  • Mathematical Art – The Swiss artist Eugen Jost became famous in Germany for designing mathematical calenders (the descriptions are in German, though).  But he has wonderful paintings on offer as well (click on „Bilder“). In case you are tired of buying books.
  • Nachteule – You don’t have to drive a Porsche to enjoy German engineering. This tiny reading light helps you read the latest research in bed without annoying your (sleeping) partner.
  • Measuring the world – Finally, another book. But rarely has a description of two very German scientists (Carl Friedrich Gauß and Alexander von Humboldt) been more fun to read. Daniel Kehlmanns bestselling book (from 2006 ) is available in many different languages these days, including Spanish, French, Italian, Greek and Chinese.

Feel free to add to the list in the comments or on your own blog!