4 Executable books4 Executable booksTools for thought must be developed while doing serious work. The aspiration to canonical contentExecutable booksHow can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18JournalTools for thought must be developed while doing serious work. The aspiration to canonical content4 Executable booksWe described Norvig's essay as an “interactive essay”. It's useful to have a more specific term, to distinguish it from other interactive forms, like the mnemonic medium. In this essay, we'll use the term “executable book”This is, of course, a placeholder term. “Executable essay” would in many ways be more natural, though unfortunately that term is perhaps even more naturally interpreted as meaning “web page”, in the current context.. We won't define this precisely here; definition is not the point. Rather, the point is to try to better understand the potential of media forms which combine prose and code in something like this form. Continue reading…