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Paul Graham is an English-born American computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and essayist. He is best known for his work on Lisp, his former startup Viaweb, co-founding the influential startup accelerator and seed capital firm Y Combinator, his blog, and Hacker News
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Apollo's Arrow
The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live
Nicholas A. Christakis MD PhD - Oct 27, 2020
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A piercing and scientifically grounded look at the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic and how it will change the way we live — "this year's must-must-read." (Daniel Gilbert)  Apollo's Arrow offers a riveting account of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it swept through American society in 2020, and of how the recovery will unfold in the ...
Paul Graham
Nov 04, 2020
I've just been reading Nicholas Christakis's book about the coronavirus, Apollo's Arrow, and it's a rare combination of broad historical panorama and all-too-topical bestseller. There are interesting insights on every page.     source
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From Galileo to Newton by A. Rupert Hall
A. Rupert Hall; - Jan 01, 1800 (first published in 1981)
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The near century (1630–1720) that separates the important astronomical findings of Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) and the vastly influential mathematical work of Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) represents a pivotal stage of transition in the history of science. Tracing the revolution in physics initiated by Galileo and culminating in Newton's achievement...
Paul Graham
Oct 18, 2020
From its title and the fact that it's part of series, Rupert Hall's _From Galileo to Newton_ sounds like it would be a boring survey, but actually it's one of the best books I've read on the history of science.     source
Grain-Mills and Flour in Classical Antiquity
L. A. Moritz - Dec 01, 2002 (first published in 1979)
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Beginning with a review of the milling implements and equipment of Greece and Rome, this study argues that the grain-mill underwent two fundamental changes in its history and that one of these - the invention of the rotary mill - took place in classical antiquity at a time much later than used to be believed. The second part of the study deals with...
Paul Graham
Sep 28, 2020
@whyvert @Peter_Turchin You might like this book, which by an amazing coincidence was written by the father of the VC Mike Moritz:     source
Oranges
John McPhee - Jan 01, 1975 (first published in 1967)
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A classic of reportage, Oranges was first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much irresistible information that he eventually found that he had in fact written a book. It contains sketches of orange growers, orange botanists, orange pickers, orange packers, early settlers on Flo...
Paul Graham
Aug 01, 2020
@robahimself I loved that book.     source
The Mythical Man-Month
Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)
Frederick P. Brooks Jr. - Aug 11, 1995 (first published in 1975)
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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...
Paul Graham
Jul 17, 2020
@mutazsoliman I am not the best source for recommendations, because I'm so old that most books about programming have been written since I learned how, but I found SICP and The Mythical Man Month useful.     source
Hard Drive
Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire
James Wallace - Apr 16, 1992
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This biography chronicles William Gates' rise as the most powerful player in the computer industry--a man who has revolutionized the software industry with the incredible growth of his Microsoft company, that now threatens gigantic IBM. Reveals Gates' personal quirks and idiosyncrasies which helped fuel his fierce competitive spirit. Interviews Gat...
Paul Graham
Jun 20, 2020
@ribas_artur @LauraHuangLA I know of no other collections of interviews with founders. The closest you can get is probably books about specific startups. Hard Drive, about Microsoft, is good.     source
Born Red
A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution
Gao Yuan - May 31, 1987
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Born Red is an artistically wrought personal account, written very much from inside the experience, of the years 1966-1969, when the author was a young teenager at middle school. It was in the middle schools that much of the fury of the Cultural Revolution and Red Guard movement was spent, and Gao was caught up in very dramatic events, which he rec...
Paul Graham
Jun 19, 2020
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Small Wonder
The amazing story of the Volkswagen
Walter Henry Nelson - Jan 01, 1965
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Marked First Edition - photo illustration sections - 271 pages...
Paul Graham
Jun 14, 2020
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Space Settlements
A Design Study
N. A. S. A. - Nov 04, 2004
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This report grew out of a 10-week program in engineering systems design held at Stanford University and the Ames Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during the summer of 1975. The project brought together nineteen professors of engineering, physical science, social science, and architecture, and two co-directors. Th...
Paul Graham
May 28, 2020
When I was a teenager, the most exciting store in the world to me was the gift shop of the National Air and Space Museum, and the most exciting thing I found there was this book.     source
The Launch Pad
Inside Y Combinator
Randall Stross - Sep 24, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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A behind-the-scenes look at how tomorrows hottest startups are being primed for greatness   Investment firm Y Combinator is the most sought-after home for startups in Silicon Valley. Twice a year, it funds dozens of just-founded startups and provides three months of guidance from Paul Graham, YCs impresario, and his partners. Receiving an offer fro...
Paul Graham
Sep 20, 2019
If you're interested in the history of YC, I think this book is good. (I say "I think" because I haven't read all of it, but the bits I've read seem pretty good.)     source
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Robert A. Heinlein - Jul 31, 2018 (first published in 1966)
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For fans of Artemis--The visionary tour de force from "one of the grand masters of science fiction" (The Wall Street Journal).Widely acknowledged as one of Robert A. Heinlein's greatest works, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rose from the golden age of science fiction to become an undisputed classic--and a touchstone for the philosophy of personal res...
Paul Graham
Sep 14, 2019
@michael_nielsen @rivatez I've been thinking about this, and it was probably The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, which made me want to work on AI, which led to Lisp.     source
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