This is an incomplete list of books my friends and I enjoy across various topics.

Last Updated: Dec 2022.

Startups and Innovation


» Zero To One - Thiel/Masters
» Invent and Wander - Bezos
» Elon Musk - Vance
» Founders at Work - Livingston
» Valley of Genius - Fisher
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Math & Science


» Gödel, Escher, Bach - Hofstadter
» The Beginning of Infinity; Fabric of Reality - Deutsch
» The Art of Doing Science and Engineering - Hamming
» The Theoretical Minimum - Susskind
» In Search of Schrödinger's Cat - Gribbin
» Six easy pieces; The Feynman Lectures on Physics - Feynman
» The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Kuhn
» The Double Helix - Watson
» A Mathematician's Apology - Hardy
» Mathematician's Delight - Sawyer
» From Galileo to Newton - Hall
» The Selfish Gene - Dawkins
» The Principia - Newton
» Einstein's God - Tippett
» The Precipice - Ord
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Science Fiction


» Permutation City; Axiomatic; Diaspora - Egan
» Childhood's End - Clarke
» Singularity Sky; The Rapture of the Nerds - Stross
» Snow Crash; Diamond Age; Anathem - Stephenson
» Marooned in Realtime; Rainbows End; A Deepness in the Sky - Vinge
» 1984 - Orwell
» The Invincible; The Cyberiad - Lem
» Stranger in a Strange Land; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Heinlein
» Dune - Herbert
» Cat’s Cradle - Vonnegut
» Snail on the Slope - Strugatsky
» Lucifer's Hammer - Niven
» Atlas Shrugged - Rand
» Exhalation — Chiang
» Neuromancer - Gibson
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Meta-thinking


» Language, Cognition, and Human Nature; Rationality - Pinker
» The Scout Mindset - Galef
» End of Faith; Free Will; The Moral Landscape — Harris
» Anthropic Bias; Superintelligence - Bostrom
» Black Swan; Antifragile - Taleb
» A Map that Reflects the Territory; Engines of Cognition - LessWrong
» Metacognition - Dunlosky
» The Social Contract - Rousseau
» Reasons and Persons - Derek Parfit
» Thinking in Systems - Meadows
» Rationality: From AI to Zombies - Yudkowsky
» Models of the Mind - Lindsay
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Symbolic Systems


» Conscious Minds, Resonant Brain - Grossberg
» A Thousand Brains - Hawkins
» AI Ethics - Coeckelbergh
» Genes Vs Cultures Vs Consciousness - Campero
» The Alignment Problem - Christian
» The Emotion Machine; Society of Mind - Minsky
» Unified Theories of Cognition - Newell
» Being You - Seth
» Life 3.0 - Tegmark
» Principles of Synthetic Intelligence - Bach
» Deep Learning - Bengio
» Human + Machine - Daugherty and Wilson
» The Book of Why - Pearl
» The Sentient Machine - Husain
» Introduction to Modeling Cognitive Processes - Verguts
» The Atlas of AI - Crawford
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Governance, Econ, Politics


» Why Nations Fail - Robinson
» The Doomsday Machine - Ellsberg
» Poor economics - Banerjee & Duflo
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