I’m still reading my copy of Bruce Schneier’s Liars and Outliers.
I plan eventually to post a review of this book, but then Schneier’s publisher announced a 50% off Cyber Monday sale for a DRM-free e-text of all of their books.
Schneier is an expert in cryptography. One might wonder what connection exists between the mathematics of encrypted communications and bicycling, but it’s difficult to claim expertise in computer security without paying attention to the substantial human element. Our risk assessment skills worked fine when we lived in small groups back in the stone age, but they fail miserably in our complex, modern society. This causes most people, for example, to believe that cycling in traffic is more dangerous than it actually is. Schneier also covers societal issues and group dynamics that come directly into play when you look at transportation policy.
While he’s not a social scientist, Schneier’s latest book examines the role of trust in modern society and examines wider issues that he began to took at in his earlier book Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World..