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Patrick Collison is an Irish billionaire entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Stripe, which he started with his younger brother, John, in 2010. He won the 41st Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in 2005 at the age of sixteen. Collison lives in San Francisco, California
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The Art of Doing Science and Engineering
Learning to Learn
Richard W. Hamming - May 26, 2020 (first published in 1996)
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Provides the reader with a style of thinking that will enhance a person's ability to function as a problem-solver of complex technical issues. Consists of a collection of stories about the author's participation in significant discoveries, relating how those discoveries came about and, most importantly, provides analysis about the thought processes...
Patrick Collison
Jun 08, 2020
@paulg @ID_AA_Carmack @collision Part of why Hamming book works is because he has deep experience across so many technical fields over so many years alongside so many geniuses, such that the lessons drawn turn out to be uniquely interesting. You then wonder “well, who *today* could do that?”...     source
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Marvin Bower worked for and led McKinsey & Company for 45 years. He succeeded Jim McKinseys untimely death. He wrote Perspectives on McKinsey for McKinsey employees, and it is not available to the general public as it contains trade secrets. This account is his own unique view on the development of McKinsey & Company. Bower outlines the eleven key ...
Patrick Collison
Mar 07, 2020
Can’t shake the feeling that a consultant wrote this book. 🧐     source
The Enlightened Economy
An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850 (The New Economic History of Britain Series)
Joel Mokyr - Oct 30, 2012 (first published in 2010)
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This book focuses on the importance of ideological and institutional factors in the rapid development of the British economy during the years between the Glorious Revolution and the Crystal Palace Exhibition. Joel Mokyr shows that we cannot understand the Industrial Revolution without recognizing the importance of the intellectual sea changes of Br...
Patrick Collison
Oct 15, 2019
Despite being a fan of Mokyr, only now getting to and it's very good. Sorta related, have also been enjoying Both do a nice job as biographies of particularly fertile places/times.     source
Wittgenstein's Vienna
Allan Janik - Sep 01, 1996 (first published in 1973)
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This is a remarkable book about a man (perhaps the most important and original philosopher of our age), a society (the corrupt Austro-Hungarian Empire on the eve of dissolution), and a city (Vienna, with its fin-de siecle gaiety and corrosive melancholy). The central figure in this study of a crumbling society that gave birth to the modern world is...
Patrick Collison
Oct 15, 2019
Despite being a fan of Mokyr, only now getting to and it's very good. Sorta related, have also been enjoying Both do a nice job as biographies of particularly fertile places/times.     source
Tuxedo Park
A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II
Jennet Conant - May 06, 2003 (first published in 2002)
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The untold story of an eccentric Wall Street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses he assembled before World War II to develop the science for radar and the atomic bomb. Together they changed the course of history.Legendary financier, philanthropist, and society figure Alfred Lee Loomis gathered the most visionary scientific minds of the twe...
Patrick Collison
Sep 17, 2019
It’s very good.     source
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From Third World to First
The Singapore Story - 1965-2000
Lee Kuan Yew - Oct 03, 2000
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Few gave tiny Singapore much chance of survival when it was granted independence in 1965. How is it, then, that today the former British colonial trading post is a thriving Asian metropolis with not only the world's number one airline, best airport, and busiest port of trade, but also the world's fourthhighest per capita real income?The story of th...
Patrick Collison
Sep 27, 2018
@jaimani I love that book...     source
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If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
Stephen Webb - Oct 03, 2002
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FROM THE REVIEWS: Webb offers coherent, understandable, and sometimes humorous coverage of a diverse range of topics. He provides readers with non-trivial insights into research fields they may not have encountered previously . . . I think everyone who has ever considered the possibility that other intelligent civilizations exist elsewhere within o...
Patrick Collison
May 28, 2018
I flagged a few books that I thought were particularly great in green.     source
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Swimming Across
A Memoir
Andrew S. Grove - Nov 01, 2002 (first published in 2001)
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Set in the cruel years of Hungary's Nazi occupation and subsequent communist regime, the bestselling Swimming Across is the stunning childhood memoir of one of the leading thinkers of our time, legendary Intel chairman, Andrew S. Grove. Photos throughout....
Patrick Collison
Apr 09, 2016
Below are my favorite books and articles about the history of computing and Silicon Valley.     source
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The Dream Machine
M. Mitchell Waldrop - Sep 25, 2018 (first published in 2001)
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Behind every great revolution is a vision and behind perhaps the greatest revolution of our time, personal computing, is the vision of J.C.R. Licklider. He did not design the first personal computers or write the software that ran on them, nor was he involved in the legendary early companies that brought them to the forefront of our everyday experi...
Patrick Collison
Particularly great.     source
The Rise and Fall of American Growth
The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)
Robert J. Gordon - Aug 29, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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How America's high standard of living came to be and why future growth is under threatIn the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. But has that ...
Patrick Collison
I flagged a few books that I thought were particularly great in green.     source
A Culture of Growth
The Origins of the Modern Economy (Graz Schumpeter Lectures)
Joel Mokyr - Nov 15, 2016
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During the late eighteenth century, innovations in Europe triggered the Industrial Revolution and the sustained economic progress that spread across the globe. While much has been made of the details of the Industrial Revolution, what remains a mystery is why it took place at all. Why did this revolution begin in the West and not elsewhere, and why...
Patrick Collison
I really enjoyed. It’s basically a book about, why did the industrial revolution, start when it did and where it did?     source
Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos
How Asia Works by Joe Studwell
Modern Operating Systems by Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Genentech by Sally Smith Hughes
Season of the Witch by David Talbot
The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner
Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens by K. C. Cole
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters by Jason Stearns
The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch
Anthropic Bias by Nick Bostrom
Out of Mao's Shadow by Philip P. Pan
From Counterculture to Cyberculture by Fred Turner
The Paris Review Interviews, I by The Paris Review The Paris Review
Making Silicon Valley by Christophe Lecuyer
Poor Charlie's Almanack by Peter D. Kaufman
Revolution in The Valley by Andy Hertzfeld
Masters of Doom by David Kushner
Nixon Agonistes by Garry Wills
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
The Chip by T.R. Reid
Dealers of Lightning by Michael A. Hiltzik
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
Hard Landing by Thomas Petzinger Jr.
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold Abelson
Mindstorms by Seymour A. Papert
The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein
Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming by Peter Norvig
C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan
Computer Lib/Dream Machines, Revised Edition by Theodore H. Nelson
Metamagical Themas by Douglas Hofstadter
The Little Kingdom by Michael Moritz
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander