Kate Kitagawa, author of The Secret Lives of Numbers: A Hidden History of Mathematics recommends a great group of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Kate's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric That Mattersh by Jeremy Utley, Perry Klebahn.
My recent favourite -- Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric that Matters by Jeremy Utley and Perry Klebahn.
I've never thought the process of innovation could be explained well in words. But they came up with clever ways of dissecting the mechanism of innovation.
Innovation, especially at the organisational level, is hard to make, but this book gives encouragement to the leaders of the organisations. It is obvious that the more ideas, the better. But how could we choose one if we have 20 ideas? How could we truly pull the best results out of such good ideas? So, in that sense, this book is persuasive in explaining the teamwork, too.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.
Oops, I've answered that already. Going back to the first question, I remember reading Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and felt inspired. There was a time when a female business leaders was very rare and her words left strong impressions on me. She was also very open. She talked about her personal and professional lives. That was very fresh too. It's not that we all have to open up, but it gave me a chance to think about the work-life balance (and I continue thinking about the balance ever since).
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Paddington: A Classic Collection by Michael Bond.
Paddington Bear series. The first volume changed my life. Travelling, meeting with new people, adventures, and the strong bonding with family members... the story is still good to read as an adult (that is probably why we watch the movie versions too!) Many of my good friends called me a Paddington Bear, not knowing that I like that series. I might be following his path?! Paddington Bear is forever a legend for me!
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I like reading on paper AND listening to an audiobook. Paper books are great and I like to give (and receive) books as gifts too. Audiobooks are also great while commuting or driving long distances. I really like the audio version of our book, which was read with great enthusiasm.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
In Oxford, I like Waterstones and Blackwell's. They are in the city centre as if to represent the importance of books in society! Also, they have a wide range of collections. I like picking up new books which titles that I didn't know. In the US, my all time favourite is Labyrinth Books in Princeton. As a graduate student, I often went there to check out the recent publications. I hope to see my book there, someday
Many thanks to Kate for recommending an great group of books! Please don't forget to check out The Secret Lives of Numbers: A Hidden History of Mathematics.
Image Copyrights: Penguin Books Ltd (The Secret Lives of Numbers: A Hidden History of Mathematics), Ebury Publishing (Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric That Mattersh), Ebury Publishing (Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead), HarperCollins Publishers (Paddington: A Classic Collection).