Reading List

Currently Reading

  • (8% read) Never at Rest: a Biography of Issac Newton - Richard S. Westfall
  • (24%) Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  • (15%) The origin of Species - Charles Darwin
  • (90%) The Stranger - Albert Camus
  • (10%) The Making of the Atomic Bomb - Richard Rhodes
  • (5%) Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman with Julie Sussman

Read

Non-Fiction

  • Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Code Book - Simon Singh
  • Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World - Rutger Bregman
  • Life of Galileo - Bertolt Brecht

Fiction

  • Animal Farm - George Orwell
  • Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
  • The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Nerd Fiction

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

  • Sophie’s world - Jostein Gaardner
  • The Martian - Andy Weir
  • I, Robot - Issac Asimov
  • The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
  • Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes

Anti-library

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Neil Gaiman

To Read

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