Sharing here a list of those books that have been written about or referenced in the course of this blog with the associated essays, in chronological order of appearance. All are recommended reading. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. For additional essays please refer to the Table of Contents.


The Bed of Procrustes — Nassim Taleb

essays: Introductional Aphorisms / Aphorisms

The Bed of Procrustes

Zero to One — Peter Thiel

essays: Towards a Distributed Florida

Zero to One

Thinking, Fast and Slow— Daniel Kahneman

essays: Fools Rush In

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Fooled By Randomness — Nassim Taleb

essays: On Fasting / A Game of Convexity

Fooled By Randomness

Crossing the Chasm — Geoffrey Moore

essays: #SPIconvention 2016

Crossing the Chasm

The Success Equation — Michael Mauboussin

essays: Dodgeball

The Success Equation

Benjamin Franklin — Walter Isaacson

essays: A Letter to the Editor (in two parts)

Benjamin Franklin

The Wisdom of Crowds — James Surowiecki

essays: Bayesian Leanings for Fun and/or Profit

The Wisdom of Crowds

The Signal and the Noise — Nate Silver

essays: Bayesian Leanings for Fun and/or Profit

The Signal and the Noise

Superforecasting — Dan Gardner and Philip Tetlock

essays: Bayesian Leanings for Fun and/or Profit

Superforecasting

The Inevitable — Kevin Kelly

essays: Bayesian Leanings for Fun and/or Profit

The Inevitable

Idea Makers — Stephen Wolfram

essays: Idea Makers

Idea Makers

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! — Richard Feynman

essays: Idea Makers / Postscript

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

What Do You Care What Other People Think? — Richard Feynman

essays: Idea Makers

What Do You Care What Other People Think?

QED — Richard Feynman

essays: Idea Makers / Quantum Machine Learning

QED

Feynman Lectures On Computation — Richard Feynman

essays: Idea Makers / Quantum Machine Learning

Feynman Lectures On Computation

The Feynman Lectures on Physics — Richard Feynman

essays: Idea Makers / Postscript

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Murray Gell-Mann: Selected Papers — Murray Gell-Mann

essays: Idea Makers

Murray Gell-mann: Selected Papers

Gödel Escher Bach — Douglas Hofstadter

essays: Idea Makers / It’s Actually Pretty Simple / Subtractive Adversarial Networks / A Family for Data / Machine Learning and Miscellanea

Gödel Escher Bach

A New Kind of Science — Stephen Wolfram

essays: Idea Makers / It’s Actually Pretty Simple

A New Kind of Science

Republic, Lost — Lawrence Lessig

essays: Silent Collusion

Republic, Lost

Jazz Giants — K. Abé

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple

Jazz Giants

M.C. Escher — The Graphic Work

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple / Subtractive Adversarial Networks

M.C. Escher — The Graphic Work

The Annotated Turing — Alan Turing and Charles Petzold

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple

The Annotated Turing

Kind of Blue — Miles Davis

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple

Kind of Blue

The Fractal Geometry of Nature — Benoit Mandelbrot

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple

The Fractal Geometry of Nature

At Home in the Universe — Stuart Kauffman

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple

At Home in the Universe

Making Things Work — Yaneer Bar-Yam

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple / Making the Complex Coherent

Making Things Work

The Quark and the Jaguar — Murray Gell-Mann

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple / Open Source Automated Data_Wrangling

The Quark and the Jaguar

The Well-Tempered Clavier — Johann Sebastian Bach

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple

The Well-Tempered Clavier

The Mind’s I — Douglas Hofstadter

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple

The Mind’s I

The Emperor’s New Mind — Roger Penrose

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple / A Betting Man’s Game

The Emperor’s New Mind

Collected Fictions — Jorge Luis Borges

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple / A Family for Data / Automunge Complete

Collected Fictions

Fire in the Mind — George Johnson

essays: It’s Actually Pretty Simple

Fire in the Mind

House of Leaves — Mark Danielewski

essays: Immersive Writing — A Manifesto

House of Leaves

Ship of Theseus — J. J. Abrams and‎ Doug Dorst

essays: Immersive Writing — A Manifesto

Ship of Theseus

Essays — Michel de Montaigne

essays: Immersive Writing — A Manifesto / A Toddler Learns to Speak / Faster Data Pre-processing for Machine Learning

Essays

Letters from a Stoic — Seneca

essays: Long Distance Runner

Letters from a Stoic

Meditations — Marcus Aurelius

essays: Long Distance Runner / On Lemons and their Progeny

Meditations

Enchiridion — Epictetus

essays: Long Distance Runner

Enchiridion

Don Quixote — Miguel de Cervantes (graphic novel by Rob Davis)

essays: The Young Quixote’s Cat

Don Quixote

The Sandman— Neil Gaiman

essays: A Video Games Review

The Sandman

Watchmen — Alan Moore

essays: A Video Games Review

Watchmen

How to Win Friends and Influence People — Dale Carnegie

essays: A Video Games Review

How to Win Friends and Influence People

It’s Not All About Me — Robin Dreeke

essays: A Video Games Review

It’s Not All About Me

Cognitive Surplus — Clay Shirky

essays: A Video Games Review

Cognitive Surplus

The Picture Bible — Iva Hoth and‎ Andre Le Blanc

essays: An Imperfect Christian

The Picture Bible

The Daily Bible

essays: An Imperfect Christian

The Daily Bible

The Black Swan — Nassim Taleb

essays: A Betting Man’s Game / A Game of Convexity

The Black Swan

Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace

essays: Life as the Medium /An Insomniac’s Request / It’s Actually Pretty Simple

Infinite Jest

The History of Western Philosophy — Bertrand Russell

essays: On Lemons and their Progeny

The History of Western Philosophy

Everything — Aaron Haspel

essays: On Writing / Aphorisms

Everything

Blue Notes — John Hamer

essays: On Writing

Blue Notes

Deep Learning — Ian Goodfellow,‎ Yoshua Bengio,‎ and Aaron Courville

essays: From the Diaries of John Henry / A Toddler Learns to Speak / A Sight for Obscured Eyes / Quantum Machine Learning / The Choices of a New Generation / Open Source Automated Data_Wrangling / Dropping Out for Fun and Profit / Automunge Complete

Deep Learning

Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know — Jerry Kaplan

essays: From the Diaries of John Henry

Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know

The Master Algorithm — Pedro Domingos

essays: From the Diaries of John Henry

The Master Algorithm

The Second Machine Age — Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

essays: From the Diaries of John Henry

The Second Machine Age

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams

essays: From the Diaries of John Henry

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Technology, Management, and Society — Peter Drucker

essays: From the Diaries of John Henry

Technology, Management, and Society

Superintelligence — Nick Bostrom

essays: From the Diaries of John Henry / Open Source Automated Data_Wrangling / Machine Learning and Miscellanea

Superintelligence

Quantum Computing Since Democritus — Scott Aaronson

essays: Quibbling Over Qubits / Quantum Machine Learning / Quantum Supremacy

Quantum Computing Since Democritus

Quantum Computation and Quantum Information — Michael Nielsen and Isaac Chuang

essays: Quibbling Over Qubits / Quantum Machine Learning / Open Source Automated Data_Wrangling / Quantum Supremacy

Quantum Computation and Quantum Information

The Elegant Universe — Brian Greene

essays: A Theory of Everything / Information Theory

The Elegant Universe

Deep Learning With Python — Francois Chollet

essays: My First Kaggle / A Toddler Learns to Speak / Quantum Machine Learning / The Choices of a New Generation / ML Infill for Data Wrangling / Faster Data Pre-processing for Machine Learning / Automunge Complete

Deep Learning With Python

Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow — Aurélien Géron

essays: My First Kaggle / Faster Data Pre-processing for Machine Learning / Automunge Complete

Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe — Roger Penrose

essays: Quantum Machine Learning / Information Theory / Quantum Machine Learning

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

The Road to Reality — Roger Penrose

essays: Quantum Machine Learning / Quantum Supremacy

The Road to Reality

Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders — Warren Buffet

essays: Wind Power in America

Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

Skin in the Game — Nassim Taleb

essays: Making the Complex Coherent / A Game of Convexity / Open Source Automated Data_Wrangling

Skin in the Game

Social Physics — Alex Pentland

essays: Making the Complex Coherent

Social Physics

Introduction to the Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems — Hiroki Sayama

essays: Making the Complex Coherent

Introduction to the Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems

Network Science — Albert-László Barabási

essays: Making the Complex Coherent

Network Science

The Sciences of the Artificial — Herbert Simon

essays: Making the Complex Coherent

The Sciences of the Artificial

Micromotives and Macrobehavior — Thomas Schelling

essays: Making the Complex Coherent

Micromotives and Macrobehavior

The Far Side — Gary Larson

essays: On Mornings

The Far Side

The Pmarca Blog Archives —Marc Andreessen

essays: The Psychology of Bitcoin Misjudgment

The Pmarca Blog Archives

Poor Charlie’s Almanack — Peter Kaufman and Ed Wexler

essays: The Psychology of Bitcoin Misjudgment

Poor Charlie’s Almanack

Influence — Robert Cialdini

essays: The Psychology of Bitcoin Misjudgment

Influence

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor — Tren Griffin

essays: The Psychology of Bitcoin Misjudgment

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor

A Confederacy of Dunces — John Kennedy Toole

essays: A Table of Contents

A Confederacy of Dunces

The Orphan Master’s Son — Adam Johnson

essays: A Table of Contents

The Orphan Master’s Son

Antifragile — Nassim Taleb

essays: An Optimal Trade / A Game of Convexity / Automunge Inc. / Machine Learning and Miscellanea / When Life Calls for a Leap

Antifragile

A Man for All Markets — Edward Thorp

essays: An Optimal Trade

A Man for All Markets

An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language — Stephen Wolfram

essays: An Optimal Trade / Automunge Complete

An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language

Essays — Paul Graham

essays: A Toddler Learns to Speak / A Table of Contents

Essays — Paul Graham (image source)

Calvin and Hobbes — Bill Watterson

essays: A Toddler Learns to Speak

Calvin and Hobbes

Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists — James Geary

essays: Aphorisms

Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists

Finnegan’s Wake — James Joyce

essays: A Sight for Obscured Eyes

Finnegan’s Wake

The C Programming Language — Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie

essays: Differential Privacy / Automunge Complete

The C Programming Language

A Mind at Play — by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman

essays: Information Theory

A Mind at Play

The Systems Bible — John Gall

essays: Government Reform

The Systems Bible

Feynman and Computation — Anthony Hey

essays: King Arthur’s Quest / Quantum Machine Learning

Feynman and Computation

Einstein — Walter Isaacson

essays: King Arthur’s Quest

Einstein

Louis Armstrong — Laurence Bergreen

essays: King Arthur’s Quest

Louis Armstrong

Mere Christianity — C.S. Lewis

essays: King Arthur’s Quest

Mere Christianity

This is Water — David Foster Wallace

essays: King Arthur’s Quest

This is Water

Shakespeare Complete Works — William Shakespeare

essays: Subtractive Adversarial Networks

Shakespeare Complete Works

Cloud Atlas — David Mitchell

essays: Subtractive Adversarial Networks

Cloud Atlas

The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of — Stephen Hawking

essays: Quantum Machine Learning

The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of

The Gospel According to Tony Soprano — Chris Seay

essays: Parenting Through the Looking Glass

The Gospel According to Tony Soprano

Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson

essays: Parenting Through the Looking Glass

Steve Jobs

On the Shortness of Life — Seneca

essays: On On the Shortness of Life /A Family for Data / Postscript

On the Shortness of Life

Python for Data Analysis — Wes McKinney

essays: Wrangling for Smart People / Composing Features with Automunge / Automunge Complete

Python for Data Analysis

Seeking Wisdom — Peter Bevelin

essays: Automunge

Seeking Wisdom

Code Complete — Steve McConnell

essays: It’s Only a Munger of Time / Automunge Complete

Code Complete

So Long and Thanks For All the Fish — Douglas Adams

essays: Automated Data Wrangling with Machine Learning Derived Infill for Missing Values / Open Source Automated Data-Wrangling

So Long and Thanks For All the Fish

Innovation and Entrepreneurship — Peter Drucker

essays: Predictions and Encodings / Automunge Inc.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Emerson: Essays and Lectures — Ralph Waldo Emerson

essays: Munging in the Real World

Emerson: Essays and Lectures

Feature Engineering for Machine Learning — Alice Zheng & Amanda Casari

essays: Out of the Box Feature Engineering / An Open Source Platform for Feature Engineering / Automunge Complete

Feature Engineering for Machine Learning

The Last Lecture — Randy Pausch

essays: A Tool For Data

The Last Lecture

Notebooks — Leonardo da Vinci

essays: Life as the Medium / Automunge Inc.

Notebooks — Leonardo da Vinci

Pandas Cookbook — Theodore Petrou

essays: Open Source Automated Data_Wrangling / Automunge Complete

Pandas Cookbook

My Inventions — Nikola Tesla

essays: Open Source Automated Data_Wrangling

My Inventions

Letters of Note — Shaun Usher

essays: A Family for Data

Letters of Note

Catch-22 — Joseph Heller

essays: Postscript

Catch-22

Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction — Eleanor Rieffel, Wolfgang Polak, William Gropp, and Ewing Lusk

essays: Postscript

Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction

Scale — Geoffrey West

essays: Machine Learning and Miscellanea

Scale

Frankenstein — Mary Shelley

essays: Machine Learning and Miscellanea

Frankenstein

Apollo 8 — Jeffrey Kluger

essays: The Final Frontier

Apollo 8

Isaac’s Storm — Erik Larson

essays: Weather Report

Isaac’s Storm

Programming the Universe — Seth Lloyd

essays: Life as the Medium

Programming the Universe

An Introduction to Information Theory — John Pierce

essays: Life as the Medium

An Introduction to Information Theory

Flatland — Edwin Abbott

essays: Life as the Medium

Flatland

Slaughterhouse-Five — Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

essays: Life as the Medium

Slaughterhouse-Five

Troublemakers — Leslie Berlin

essays: Dimensionality Reduction with Automunge

Troublemakers

Robot-Proof — Joseph Aoun

essays: Learning to Learn with Automunge

Robot-Proof

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — David Eggers

essays: Learning to Learn with Automunge

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Rocket Man — Jessica Easto

essays: Automunge Complete

Rocket Man

The Descent of Man — Charles Darwin

essays: Automunge Complete

The Descent of Man

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin — Benjamin Franklin

essays: Automunge Complete

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

From the Diaries of John Henry — Nicholas Teague

essays: Preparing Data for Machine Learning with Automunge v1.78 / Diverse Feature Engineering with Automunge v1.799 / Artificial Learning, Intelligent Machines

From the Diaries of John Henry

Five Lessons — Ben Hogan

essays: Dodgeball / On Lemons and their Progeny / Composing Features with Automunge / The Legend of Bagger Vance

Five Lessons

The Mythical Man-Month — Frederick Brooks, Jr.

essays: No Silver Bullet

The Mythical Man-Month

The Lean Startup — Eric Ries

essays: isFraud?

The Lean Startup

Orphée Suite — Philip Glass

essays: Munging Supremacy

Orphée Suite

* An asterisk is deserved on this collection. Although I did not site his books extensively, the author Nassim Taleb has had an outsized influence on my philosophy and writings. In following his published works and social media posts I have learned much about probability, risk-taking, recognizing BS, and honor. I will list here again all of his Incerto series of books, and can’t recommend them highly enough. Please consider this note the citation for the certain influence that his work has had on my writings.

Fooled By Randomness

The Black Swan

The Bed of Procrustes

Antifragile

Skin in the Game


Incerto — Nassim Taleb

Incerto

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