Books I love, grouped by topic.
Data & machine learning
For reinforcement learning - Sutton & Barto - Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction - 2nd Edition (in progress)
For neural networks - Deep Learning - Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville
For everything else (linear models, random forests etc) - Elements of Statistical Learning - Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani and Jerome Friedman and Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning - Christopher M. Bishop
The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World - Pedro Domingos
Fluent Python - Luciano Ramalho
Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python - Brett Slatkin
Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects - Vaclav Smil
Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate - Vaclav Smil
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power - Daniel Yergin
Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street - John Brooks
Principles: Life and Work - Ray Dalio
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers - Ben Horowitz
The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success - William N. Thorndike
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable - Seth Godin
Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur - Derek Sivers
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days - Jessica Livingston
Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application - Jason Fried
The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajñaparamita - Thich Nhat Hanh
Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment - Robert Wright
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking - Jordan Ellenberg
The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell
How to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia - Mohsin Hamid
Island - Aldous Huxley
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions - Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
All the books I’ve read since May 2016
1 - What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars - Brendan Moynihan
2 - The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown - Daniel Coyle
3 - As a Man Thinketh - James Allen
4 - Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character as Told to Ralph Leighton - Richard P Feynman
5 - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert
Argues that the Earth is in the midst of a modern, man-made, sixth extinction.
6 - Euthyphro - Plato
Socrates and Euthyphro attempt to establish a definitive meaning for the word piety (virtue).
7 - The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind - Richard Wiseman
8 - Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk - Peter L. Bernstein
Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk under control is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern times from the distant past.
9 - Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street - John Brooks
10 - Apology - Plato
The Socratic dialogue that presents the speech of legal self-defence, which Socrates presented at his trial for impiety and corruption.
11 - Distress - Greg Egan
12 - Meno - Plato
Socrates introduces positive ideas: the immortality of the soul and the theory of knowledge as recollection.
13 - Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life - Richard Paul
14 - Seven Years in Tibet: My Life Before, During and After - Heinrich Harrer
Experiences in Tibet before the Communist Chinese People’s Liberation Army invaded Tibet in 1950.
15 - How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking - Jordan Ellenberg
Connects various economic and societal philosophies with basic mathematics and statistical principles.
16 - The Art of R Programming: A Tour of Statistical Software Design - Norman Matloff
17 - Dragon In The Land Of Snows: The History of Modern Tibet since 1947
18 - Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate - Vaclav Smil
19 - Dhammapada
A collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form.
20 - The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell
Reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war.
21 - How to Get Rich - Felix Dennis
22 - The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers - Ben Horowitz
23 - Python: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide! - Andrew Johansen
24 - Zero Zero Zero - Roberto Saviano
25 - Journey to the East - Hermann Hesse
26 - Python Machine Learning - Sebastian Raschka
27 - The Four Steps to the Epiphany - Steve Blank
Launched the Lean Startup approach to new ventures.
28 - Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application - Jason Fried
29 - Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
The personal writings by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy.
30 - Mahābhārata
One of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India - within it is the Bhagavad Gita.
31 - Buddhist Meditation - Kamalashila
32 - A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah - Jack Kornfield
The quiet, intensive, and joyous practice of the forest monks of Thailand.
33 - Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation - Larry Rosenberg
The Ānāpānasati Sutta is a discourse that details the Buddha’s instruction on using awareness of the breath as an initial focus for meditation.
34 - Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application - Jason Fried
35 - The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage - Ryan Holiday
What blocks our path actually opens one that is new and better.
36 - How to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia - Mohsin Hamid
37 - The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) - Don Miguel Ruiz
38 - Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion - Gary Vaynerchuk
39 - Content Machine: Use Content Marketing to Build a 7-figure Business With Zero Advertising - Dan Norris
40 - Maori Myth and Legend - A. W. Reed
41 - Phaedrus - Plato
Although ostensibly about the topic of love, the discussion in the dialogue revolves around the art of rhetoric and how it should be practiced.
42 - On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction - William Zinsser
43 - Island - Aldous Huxley
Huxley’s utopian counterpart to Brave New World.
44 - The Limits to Growth
A 1972 report on the computer simulation of exponential economic and population growth with a finite supply of resources.
45 - The Authority Mindset: Proven Principles For Establishing Yourself as an Expert in Any Industry - David Bame Jr.
46 - Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction - Philip Tetlock
47 - The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
48 - The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right - Atul GawandeA
A compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure.
49 - The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch - Dan Norriss
50 - The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success - William N. Thorndike
51 - Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable - Seth Godin
52 - Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport
53 - Blue Ocean Stragety - W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
54 - Tibet: A History - Sam Van Schaik
55 - The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation - Thich Nhat Hanh
56 - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
57 - Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?: And Other Provocations, 2006-2012 - Seth Godin
58 - Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck - Chip and Dan Heath
59 - Yoga for the Stiffer Body: Inspirational Yoga Sequences Made Accessible for Real People - Lin Craddock
60 - Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It - Chris Voss
A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations.
61 - Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future - Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
62 - Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - David Allen
63 - Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action - Simon Sinek
64 - Ideas into Words: Mastering the Craft of Science Writing - Elise Hancock
65 - 59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot - Richard Wiseman
66 - The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do - Jeff Goins
67 - How Will You Measure Your Life? - James Allworth
68 - The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight: Waking up to personal and global transformation - Thom Hartmann
69 - The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future - Paul Sabin
70 - This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate - Naomi Klein
71 - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
72 - A Path With Heart: The Classic Guide Through The Perils And Promises Of Spiritual Life - Jack Kornfield
73 - Dreaming Yourself Awake: Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation - B. Alan Wallance and Brain HodelA
74 - The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - Eliyahu M. Goldratt
75 - Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur - Derek Sivers
76 - Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products - Nir Eyal
77 - Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work - Chip and Dan Heath
78 - Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises - Timothy Geithner
79 - Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days - Jessica Livingston
80 - Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy - Cathy O’Neil
81 - The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement - David Brooks
The building blocks of human flourishing in a multilayered, profoundly illuminating work grounded in everyday life. This is the story of how success happens, told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica.
82 - The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance - Steven Kotler
83 - Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
The spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha.
84 - A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living - Joseph Campbell
85 - The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World - Pedro Domingos
86 - The Shallows: How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember - Nicholas Carr
87 - The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life - Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh
88 - Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age - Paul Graham
89 - The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajñaparamita - Thich Nhat Hanh
The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara describes how to train in the perfection of wisdom by seeing through the illusory nature of all things.
90 - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow - Yuval Noah Harari
91 - Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions - Dan Ariely
92 - What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School - Mark H. McCormack
93 - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strageties - Nick Bostrom
94 - In My Own Way: Autobiography of Alan Watts
95 - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson
96 - The Happiness Hypothesis: Putting Ancient Wisdom to the Test of Modern Science - Jonathan Haidt
97 - Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism (Our Sustainable Future) - Ozzie Zehner
98 - Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer’s Guide to Launching a Startup - Rob Walling
100 - Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent - Ryan Holiday
101 - Do the Work - Steven Pressfield
101 - Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment - Robert Wright
An evolutionary & psychological perspective on Buddhism.
102 - Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions - Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
How the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions.
103 - The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results: Achieve your goals with one of the world’s bestselling success books - Gary Keller
104 - Leonardo Da Vinci - Walter Isaacson
105 - The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures - Frans Johansson
106 - Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Don’t pay attention to what people say, only to what they do, and how much of their neck they are putting on the line.
107 - Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium - Seneca
108 - Benjamin Franklin: An American Life - Walter Isaacson
109 - Fluent Python - Luciano Ramalho
110 - Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python - Brett Slatkin
111 - So Good They Can’t Ignore You - Cal Newport
112 - Walden - Henry David Thoreau
Part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance.
113 - Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality - Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá
In opposition to what the authors see as the “standard narrative” of human sexual evolution, they contend that having multiple sexual partners was common and accepted in the environment of evolutionary adaptedness.
114 - The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life - Kevin Simler & Robin Hanson
Our brains are designed not just to hunt and gather, but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. But while we may be self-interested schemers, we benefit by pretending otherwise.
115 - From Bacteria to Bach and Back - Daniel Dennett
A book that covers the evolutionary origin of human consciousness. I especially enjoyed the Darwin’s and Turing’s strange inversions of reasoning - that competence is more common without competence than with it.
116 - Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard - Chip & Dan Heath
117 - Island - Aldous Huxley
118 - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
119 - Agile Data Science 2.0 - Russell Jurney
120 - The Lean Startup - Eric Ries
121 - Iconic Advantage - Soon Yu
122 - The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajñaparamita - Thich Nhat Hanh
123 - Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ - Daniel Goleman
124 - Clean Architecture: A Craftsman’s Guide to Software Structure and Design - Robert C. Martin
125 - Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems - Martin Kleppmann
126 - Competing Against Luck - Clayton M. Christensen
127 - Dune - Frank Herbet
128 - Foundation - Issac Asimov
129 - Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living - Krista Tippett
130 - Still the Mind - Alan Watts
131 - Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life - Paul Dolan
132 - The Mythical Man-Month - Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
133 - Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age - Paul Graham
134 - The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance - Josh Waitzkin
135 - Interactive Data Visualization for the Web: An Introduction to Designing with D3 - Scott Murray
136 - Python Testing with pytest: Simple, Rapid, Effective, and Scalable - Brian Okken
137 - Buddhism - Brain Conze
138 - Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered - E. F. Schumacher
First published in 1973, Small Is Beautiful brought Schumacher’s critiques of Western economics to a wider audience during the 1973 energy crisis and emergence of globalization. I especially enjoyed the chapter ‘Buddhist Economics’.