What interesting paper have you read?

Have you ever decided to sit down and read a (scientific. math …)paper?

If yes, what is the most interesting or mind-blowing paper you’ve come across?

Not math, but I read a comparative study of ego dissolution during meditation vs. ego dissolution due to psychedelics. They seem to be different experiences, although they share some similarities.

I’ve also read Seligman’s paper on positive psychology.

I’ve read others, but these two take the cake.

Forgive my laziness, but links?

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Well, I sort of have a couple:

My opinions are really biased because I spend alot
of time in the “reproducible builds” ecosystem.

On reading papers, a useful site to consume
papers— that are well annotated— is:
https://fermatslibrary.com. I haven’t been
religious with reading papers though :frowning:

Damn, I’ve wanted to get into the habit of reading papers for quite a while now, but they take so much background knowledge to get.

This is a nice one I read some time back: https://fermatslibrary.com/s/a-mathematicians-lament

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john nduli via Urban Perspective Book Club
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Damn, I’ve wanted to get into the habit of reading
papers for quite a while now, but they take so
much background knowledge to get.

I agree with this! And the more papers you read on
a topic, the more papers you’ll read on that
topic IMO :slight_smile:

This is a nice one I read some time back:
https://fermatslibrary.com/s/a-mathematicians-lament

This is interesting! I’ve heard about this before
but never got around to reading it. I’ll try
giving it a shot.

Yeah. I have, at the moment, a hobbyist interest in distributed storage systems. Here are a bunch of papers I have read (or in the process of reading) on that topic:

  1. In Search of an Understandable Consensus Algorithm: I’d recommend you read this, even if you’re not interested in distributed storage since consensus is an important topic, I feel, and the paper covers some aspects of how to present complex subjects in an understandable way.
  2. A Raft Protocol for the Metadata Quorum, Apache Kafka: Presents how Kafka tweaked the already excellent Raft protocol.
  3. Bizur: A Key-value Consensus Algorithm for Scalable File-systems: Distributed consensus without a distributed log.
  4. CockroachDB: The Resilient Geo-Distributed SQL Database (SIGMOD 2020)
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It looks like you commented on this piece 2 years ago(If you look at the bottom of the link)

It looks like you commented on this piece 2 years ago(If you look at the bottom of the link)

Oof! I have privacy badger on so I never saw
that. But what a pleasant suprise! Turns out I
actually read the paper, but somehow don’t
recall reading it! Ha! Jokes on me \m/\m/