In the 1990s, an eighteen-year-old headed to Australia to realize his worldly dreams. With little money or support, he struggled to survive there. Two
years later, he was earning an annual income of $250,000; by the age of twenty-six, he was a multimillionaire. Yet, worldly success was merely a way station
on a journey that began years ago. As an eight-year-old, he saw a vision of God in a dream, an experience that left him with a sense of deep joy and peace.
The dream triggered off his desire to meet God, to see a manifestation of the Divine. He practised astrology, intense meditation and tantra, yet God was
nowhere in sight. Deeply frustrated, he dived into materialistic pursuits to distract himself from the restlessness within. After years of living the good
life, he found he could no longer ignore the old restlessness; worldly pleasures just couldn’t fill the void within. He moved back to India and finally
did what he had always yearned to do: renounce the world and become a monk. In the Himalayas, in terrifying silence and solitude, Om Swami practised intense
meditation. Death was always close as he confronted starvation, the fierce elements and wild animals. Finally, his sadhana brought him to the ultimate
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Predictable Revenue - Aaron Ross, Marylou Tyler
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
The Ultimate Question 2.0 - Fred Reichheld
The Singularity is Near - Ray Kurzweil
Moonshot! - John Sculley
Zero To One - Peter Thiel
Republic - Plato
Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
The Mysterious Island - Jules Verne
Discipline of Market Leaders - Michael Treacy, Fred Wiersema
False Memory - Dean Koontz
NOS4A2- Joe Hill
Revival - Stephen King
Barbarians At The Gate - John Helyar and Bryan Burrough
Into Thin Air - John Krakauer
How To Measure Anything - Douglas Hubbard
and any collection of the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
"JESSICA: Alright. So, I am going to echo one of Greg’s picks because it was on my list but for a different reason. ‘Seeing like a State’ is an amazing book. And I think it’s drastically changed the way I look at software, not for the same reason as Greg talked about but because it shows why what we do is hard. ‘Seeing like a State’ talks about all the subtleties of human systems and human interactions at the local context level. It talks about all the improvisation that everyone does on a day-to-day basis and how in real human communities, we’re constantly changing the system to adjust to a slightly different reality, to corner cases we hadn’t seen before but now we have. It’s shifting and it’s not well-defined. And suddenly it makes complete sense that the hardest part of software is figuring out what we want to do. That’s it. It’s a great book."
Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning. Highly recommended overview of math by some HNers so I figured I would check it out.
Venture capitalists at work. I didn't realize there were more "at work" series books other than coders and founders, so this one sounds right up my alley.
Information Rules, a book that's supposedly dated on economics and how it applies to the internet world. Recommended on Chris Dixon's blog and looked interesting. Thought I might get some new insights to bitcoin or something with it.
And Walter Isaacson's new book, the innovators.
Any one series?
The Foundation series, Isaac Asimov
Other personal favourites include:
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
The Book of Disquet, Fernando Pessoa
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safron Foer Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Slavoj Zizek's Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism
Evgeny Morozov's To Save Everything Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
William Gibson's Neuromancer
Vernor Vinge's A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought)
Really. It's fascinating. You not only learn how to read EKG's (obviously, after reading the book, you're still not qualified to argue with a seasoned practitioner), but you also learn a lot about how the human heart works.
Much more accessible than I thought.
disclaimer: I'm the author
O'Reilly - Scott Murray - Interactive Data Visualization for the Web
Data Visualization with D3.js Cookbook
A First Course in Probability
Rails AntiPatterns - Best Practice Ruby on Rails Refactoring
Bayesian Data Analysis Andrew Gelma
The Pragmatic Programmer
Bishop - Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
O'Reilly Mining The Social Web