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Alan Curtis Kay is an American computer scientist. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Arts.
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The Principia
The Authoritative Translation and Guide
by Sir Isaac Newton (Feb 04, 2016)
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In his monumental 1687 work Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, known familiarly as the Principia, Isaac Newton laid out in mathematical terms the principles of time, force, and motion that have guided the development of modern physical science. Even after more than three centuries and the revolutions of Einsteinian relativity and quantum...
Alan Kay
I have never forgotten the combined shock and thrill of making my way through this in my 20s.     source
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Molecular Biology of the Cell
by Bruce Alberts (Nov 17, 2014)
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As the amount of information in biology expands dramatically, it becomes increasingly important for textbooks to distill the vast amount of scientific knowledge into concise principles and enduring concepts.As with previous editions, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Sixth Edition accomplishes this goal with clear writing and beautiful illustrations. ...
Alan Kay
For many years it has been the best single volume narrative of 'life from scratch'.     source
Mythology
by Edith Hamilton (Apr 30, 2013)
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The world-renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes.Edith Hamilton's mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture-the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human...
Alan Kay
A few more books like this, and by the time I got to first grade I had been ruined for the 'single book - single truth' ideas of school and church.     source
Molecular Biology of the Gene
by James D. Watson (Mar 01, 2013)
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Now completely up-to-date with the latest research advances, the Seventh Edition of James D. Watson's classic book, Molecular Biology of the Gene retains the distinctive character of earlier editions that has made it the most widely used book in molecular biology. Twenty-two concise chapters, co-authored by six highly distinguished biologists, pro...
Alan Kay
A lovely book to read.     source
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne (Oct 28, 2006)
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Jules Verne was one of the earliest science fiction writers. He based his stories on the inventions of the day and made educated projections of future technologies. Like the best science fiction writers he did not let technology overtake his story or his characters.In 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Verne created the character of Captain Nemo and his...
Alan Kay
A formative book in so many ways.     source
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The Sciences of the Artificial
by Herbert A. Simon (Sep 30, 1996)
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Continuing his exploration of the organization of complexity and the science of design, this new edition of Herbert Simon's classic work on artificial intelligence adds a chapter that sorts out the current themes and tools -- chaos, adaptive systems, genetic algorithms -- for analyzing complexity and complex systems. There are updates throughout th...
Alan Kay
A much stronger way to think about computing — and what 'Computer Science' might mean.     source
The Mythical Man-Month
Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)
by Frederick P. Brooks Jr. (Aug 11, 1995)
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Few books on software project management have been as influential and timeless as The Mythical Man-Month. With a blend of software engineering facts and thought-provoking opinions, Fred Brooks offers insight for anyone managing complex projects. These essays draw from his experience as project manager for the IBM System/360 computer family and then...
Alan Kay
An early look and experience with timeless truths (and gotchas) from systems building with teams.     source
The Art of the Metaobject Protocol
by Gregor Kiczales (Jul 30, 1991)
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The CLOS metaobject protocol is an elegant, high-performance extension tothe CommonLisp Object System. The authors, who developed the metaobject protocol andwho were among the group that developed CLOS, introduce this new approach toprogramming language design, describe its evolution and design principles, andpresent a formal specification of a met...
Alan Kay
A real gem for helping to think about design and implementations.     source
Computation
Finite and Infinite Machines (Automatic Computation)
by Marvin Lee Minsky (May 31, 1967)
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Man has within a single generation found himself sharing the world with a strange new species: the computers and computer-like machines. Neither history, nor philosophy, nor common sense will tell us how these machines will affect us, for they do not do "work" as did machines of the Industrial Revolution. Instead of dealing with materials...
Alan Kay
It is actually a 'math book' — with lots of ideas, theorems, proofs, etc., — but presented in the friendliest way imaginable by a great mind.     source
LISP 1.5 Programmer's Manual
by Michael I. Levin (Aug 14, 1962)
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The LISP language is designed primarily for symbolic data processing used for symbolic calculations in differential and integral calculus, electrical circuit theory, mathematical logic, game playing, and other fields of artificial intelligence.The manual describes LISP, a formal mathematical language. LISP differs from most programming languages in...
Alan Kay
I have called this the 'Maxwell’s Equations' of computing, because it presents a very large part of what’s important about programming languages.     source
A Programming Language
by Kenneth E. Iverson (Jan 01, 1962)
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Alan Kay
This has the same thought expanding properties of Lisp.     source