Reading List

Currently Reading

  • (10% read) The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
  • (5%) Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman with Julie Sussman



  • Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Code Book by Simon Singh


  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Nerd Fiction

i.e., Stories where lead character(s) are nerd(s).

  • Sophie’s world by Jostein Gaardner
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • I, Robot by Issac Asimov
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion


These are the books that I started reading but did not finish for various reasons and eventually want to give it another shot.

  • (10% read) Harry Potter and Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong : This is hands-down the best fiction book I have ever started reading. But people urge me to finish reading the original J.K. Rowling’s Harry potter before I continue reading this.
  • (7%) Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Issacson : It has too many art-references for me to comprehend. Also, the black-and-white kindle screen does not do complete justice to all the images in here. But I need more inspiration that being a polymath is possible. Not just Leonardo, a lot of people described in the book are polymaths. You can explore the largest existing collection of writings and drawings by Leonardo for free here.
  • (20%) The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins : I started this book expecting a genetic approach to evolution but it soon turned into a game-theory approach to evolution. It is an amazing book otherwise and I will come back with the right expectations.
  • (20%) The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes - Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman

To Be Read

  • Emotions of Normal People by William M. Marston
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Newton’s Principia for the Common Reader by S. Chandrasekhar
  • The Book of Why by Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie
  • Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
  • Engines of Creation by Eric Drexler; followed by The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  • Asimov’s New Guide to Science by Issac Asimov
  • Picturing Quantum Processes by Bob Coecke
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Nobel Dreams: Power, Deceit, and the Ultimate Experiment by Gary Taubes
  • The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
  • The Power of Babel by John McWhorter
  • Feynman’s Rainbow: A search for Beauty in Physics and in Life by Leonard Mlodinow
  • The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers by Johnny M.Saldana
  • The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
  • Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman
  • The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
  • Happiness by Daniel Nettle
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Todd Gilbert
  • The Astonishing Hypothesis by Francis Crick
  • Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Daniel C. Dennett
  • The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
  • The Interpretations of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Godel Escher Bach
  • Mastery by Robert Greene
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzche
  • How to Do Things with Words (2nd ed) by J. L. Austin
  • Vertical Motion by Can Xue