My Reading List01 Jan 2001
My recommended readings.
The books I’ve listed here are some of the most useful and eye-opening that I’ve gone through. I’ve read everything on this list and won’t add anything here unless I’ve read it myself.
The lists are in the order they I would read them if starting from scratch.
If you have books that you think I should read or add to this list, feel free to let me know!
This is my recommended reading list for pretty much anyone.
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
- The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell
- The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
I think every programmer should read these books, they are each so great and so important.
- CODE by Charles Petzold
- Code Complete 2 by Steve McConnell
- The Algorithm Design Manual, 2nd Ed. by Steven Skiena
- Quantum Computing Since Democritus by Scott Aaronson
Others that are good
- Grokking Algorithms by Aditya Bhargava
- Debugging by David J. Agans
- The C Programming Language by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie
- Neural Networks and Deep Learning by Michael Nielsen
- Team Geek by Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Sussman
- An Introduction to Programming with Threads by Andrew Birrell
- Algorithms for Scalable Synchronization on Shared Memory Multiprocessors by John M. Mellor-Crummey and Michael L. Scott
There are a few web resources that are worth taking a look through.
it’s really hard to find physics books that don’t feel like they’re going over the same concepts again and again.
- A Brief History of Time by Steven Hawking
- Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman
- Six Not So Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman
- QED by Richard Feynman
- The Apology by Plato
- The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User’s Manual by Ward Farnsworth
- The Re/public by Plato
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
- Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
These are books that I thought were really interesting, a good learning experience, or just a fun read.
- On Liberty by John Stuart Mill, specifically chapter 2. Some of the best arguments on free speech ever written.
- Improvise by Mick Napier
- The Enchiridion by Epictetus
- The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus
- The United States of Absurdity by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
- Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietchze
- A People’s History of the Supreme Court by Peter Irons
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
- Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren’t Fair by William Poundstone*
- The Euthyphro by Plato
- The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay*
- Classical English Rhetoric by Ward Farnsworth
These are the MOOC’s I’ve taken that I think are worth going through. If you don’t care too much about law you don’t need the constitutional concepts.
- Learning How to Learn
- Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life
- Introduction to American Law
- Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases
asterisks (in order) Before you get start attacking me, this is a book about the mathematics of voting systems and how they can be improved upon. In the federalist papers I recommend specifically:
[10, 28, 29, 71, 78, 79, 80, 81].