Reading room

Reading is an essential part of our research process at Phoenix. Here, we share some of the books we have found useful.

We update our reading room regularly, so come back to see new additions.



Benjamin Franklin, An American Life

Walter Isaacson

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Worlds Hidden In Plain Sight: The Evolving Idea of Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute 1984-2019

David Krakauer

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Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies

Geoffrey West

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Energy and Civilization: A History

Vaclav Smil

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Astroball: The New Way to Win it All

Ben Reiter

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Bad Blood

John Carreyrou

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Deep Simplicity: Chaos, Complexity and the Emergence of Life

John Gribbin

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Rebel Ideas

Matthew Syed

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David Epstein

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Fortune’s Formula

William Poundstone

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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

David Quammen

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The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk-taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust

John Coates

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Superforecasting - The Art and Science of Prediction

Philip Tetlock & Dan Gardner

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The Billion Dollar Molecule: One Company's Quest for the Perfect Drug

Barry Werth

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Why We Buy: Science of Shopping

Paco Underhill

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Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell

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The Rational Optimist

Matt Ridley

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