The following are on my starter list, important in diverse ways:

  • Abelson, Harold; Sussman, Gerald & Julie. Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
  • Axelrod, Robert. The Evolution of Cooperation
  • Colinvaux, Paul. Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare
  • Dawkins, Richard. The Selfish Gene
  • Dennett, Daniel. Consciousness Explained
  • Dennett, Daniel. Darwin's Dangerous Idea
  • Hazlitt, Henry. Economics in One Lesson
  • Hofstadter, Douglas. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
  • Hofstadter, Douglas. Le Ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language
  • Melzak, Z. A. Bypasses
  • Melzak, Z. A. Companion to Concrete Mathematics
  • Mill, John Stuart. Autobiography
  • Minsky, Marvin. The Society of Mind
  • Nozick, Robert. The Examined Life
  • Tufte, Edward. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
  • Vernor Vinge. True Names

Other important books:

  • Gravitation by Charles Misner, Kip Thorne, and John Wheeler
  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Art of Computer Programming by Donald Knuth
  • Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewiesche
  • Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
  • The Works of Shakespeare by William Shakespeare (!)
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  • Numerical Recipes by William H. Press, Saul A. Teukolsky, William T. Vetterling, and Brian P. Flannery
  • Simply Scheme by Matthew Wright and Brian Harvey
  • Numerical Methods that Work by Forman Acton
  • Mathematical Methods of Physics by Jon Mathews & Robert Walker

Friday, April 16, 1999 at 06:27:39 (EDT) = 1999-04-16

TopicProgramming - TopicLibraries - TopicScience - TopicThinking

(correlates: PhysicsEnvy, IntellectualProductPlacement, BookCoverJudgment, ...)

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