Bookworm Friday: Five Books Recommendations from Marcin Bukowski

In this series, we ask our William Hill colleagues to share their favourite book recommendations and tell us what specifically they learned from them. Today we present five recommendations from Marcin Bukowski. Enjoy a good read!

On a daily basis, Marcin works for the Data Department as Engineering Manager and fully focus on big data transformation into the cloud. Privately enjoy living on Earth and cultivating a vine in Wieliczka.


1. Milton and Rose Friedman, Free to Choose 

This is definitely not only a unique but also a surprising book! If you want to confront your way of thinking about personal freedom, influence of government on the economic processes that surround us, this is required reading. This world-famous bestseller published by the Friedman couple in 1979 is full of practical and historical examples. Do you have an opinion about education, healthcare, minimum wage etc? Read it.


2. Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre, Freedom at Midnight

Do you love history? Do you follow threads of national liberation? Do you admire the message of Gandhi? If yes, then this world-famous bestseller should thoroughly present granting independence to India, the collapse of the last romantic empire.

The remarkable political and social changes that took place since 1947 bring many interpersonal dramas and fratricidal fights, but also show the amazing contrasts of this beautiful country.


3. David JC MacKay, Sustainable energy – without the hot air

Almost everyone says today that getting off fossil fuels is crucial. Wind or maybe nuclear? Does an hour for Earth make sense at all?

Do you want to form your own opinion? Then start with numbers, not adjectives, make your own calculations of any type of energy consumptions (gadgets, TV, LCD, cars, planes etc). Highly recommended for physics lovers.


4. Aurelien Geron, Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow

That’s a very useful intro book for coders, who are keen on math and want to create something super practical. The book provides an overview of methods, techniques and approaches to complex problems in a structured way that allows you to create your own strategies for solving machine-learning problems commonly spread in business.


5. Olga Tokarczuk, The books of Jacob 

A wonderful book written by the Polish Nobel Prize winner, which presents historical figures from the period of the 18th century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which is a multicultural, multi-religious and multi-coloured country. Wonderful, detailed, artistic descriptions of the beautiful scenery of Podole voivodeship, interpersonal relations, lapsed customs and some burdensome moments create a photographic image of those years.