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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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Secret Knowledge
Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
David Hockney - 2006-10-05 (first published in 2001)
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Join one of the most influential artists of our time as he investigates the painting techniques of the Old Masters. Hockney’s extensive research led him to conclude that artists such as Caravaggio, Velázquez, da Vinci, and other hyperrealists actually used optics and lenses to create their masterpieces.In this passionate yet pithy book, Hockney tak...
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@CountryOTBlind @Liv_Boeree Yes, interesting book.      source
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The Origins of The Second World War
A. J. P. Taylor - 1996-04-01 (first published in 1961)
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From influential British historian A.J.P. Taylor, a reprint of his influential text The Origins of the Second World War. Controversial for his thesis that Hitler was an opportunist with no thorough plan, The Origins of the Second World War is an extensive exploration of the international politics and foreign policy that lead up to the one of the bl...
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@antoinenivard @MccartneyLes @asymco If you want a more authoritative source than a Wikipedia article, I recommend this excellent book on the subject:      source
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More Money Than God
Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite (Council on Foreign Relations Books (Penguin Press))
Sebastian Mallaby - 2011-05-31 (first published in 2010)
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"Splendid...the definitive history of the hedge fund, a compelling narrative full of larger-than-life characters and dramatic tales." -- The Washington Post Wealthy, powerful, and potentially dangerous, hedge fund moguls have become the It Boys of twenty-first- century capitalism. Beating the market was long thought to be impossible, but hedge fund...
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I've now read about half this book, and it's really good. He really got into the details of how hedge funds work and how they evolved. It's hard to imagine anyone will ever write a better book on the subject.      source
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The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective
Robert C. Allen - 2009-04-09
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Why did the industrial revolution take place in eighteenth-century Britain and not elsewhere in Europe or Asia? In this convincing new account Robert Allen argues that the British industrial revolution was a successful response to the global economy of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He shows that in Britain wages were high and capital an...
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Since it's World Book Day, here are some of the best books I've read recently: I Want to be a Mathematician, by Paul Halmos Barbarian Days, by William Finnegan From Galileo to Newton, by Rupert Hall The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, by Robert Allen      source
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I Want to be a Mathematician
An Automathography
P. R. Halmos - 1985-05-17
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From the reviews: "...this is a fascinating addition to recent mathematical culture by one of its makers. The main message i absorbed from it was a set of conditions required for success in mathematics: talent, yes; single-mindedness, almost as obvious; sense of humour, essential when the going gets tough; and love, yes that is the right word - you...
Paul Graham
Since it's World Book Day, here are some of the best books I've read recently: I Want to be a Mathematician, by Paul Halmos Barbarian Days, by William Finnegan From Galileo to Newton, by Rupert Hall The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, by Robert Allen      source
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Apollo's Arrow
The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live
Nicholas A. Christakis - 2020-10-27
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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 ...
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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 - 1800-01-01 (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...
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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
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Grain-Mills and Flour in Classical Antiquity
L. A. Moritz - 2002-12-01 (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...
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@whyvert @Peter_Turchin You might like this book, which by an amazing coincidence was written by the father of the VC Mike Moritz:      source
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John McPhee - 1975-01-01 (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...
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@robahimself I loved that book.      source
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The Mythical Man-Month
Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)
Frederick P. Brooks Jr. - 1995-08-11 (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...
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@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
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Charles Darwin - 2020-03-22
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Marriage by Susan Ferrier
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Startup Way by Eric Ries
Mohammed and Charlemagne by Henri Pirenne
Maisy Mouse Collection 10 Books Set Series 2 Lucy Cousins Early Learner Children by Lucy Cousins
An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope
Barbarian Days by William Finnegan
The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel
To Explain the World by Steven Weinberg
An Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
The Iliad by Homer
The Gallic Wars by Julius Caesar
A Story Lately Told by Anjelica Huston
No Easy Day by Mark Owen
The Government of the Tongue by Richard Allestree
The Launch Pad by Randall Stross
Memoirs of My Life and Writings by Edward Gibbon
Land of Promise by Michael Lind
The Art of War in the Middle Ages by Charles Oman
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids by Bryan Caplan
A Mathematician's Apology by G. H. Hardy
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
Flying Start by Hugh Dundas
In The Plex by Steven Levy
Sea Flight by Hugh Popham
The Golden Trade of the Moors by E. W. Bovill
Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
Fillets of Plaice by Gerald Durrell
Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari
Mathematician's Delight by W. W. Sawyer
With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
Memoirs or Chronicle of The Fourth Crusade and The Conquest of Constantinople by De Geoffrey Villehardouin
The Old Way by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Moorish Spain by Richard Fletcher
My Forty Years with Ford by Charles E Sorensen
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen
The World We Have Lost by Peter Laslett
Space Settlements by N. A. S. A.
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
To Conquer the Air by James Tobin
Clocks and Culture by Carlo M. Cipolla
Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
The New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History by Colin McEvedy
Wheels for the World by Douglas Brinkley
Euclid's Elements by Euclid
The Original Illustrated 'Strand' Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Double Helix by James D. Watson
The Kings Depart by Richard M Watt
The Soul of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder
The Ancient City by Peter Connolly
A Sense of Where You Are by John McPhee
Richard Feynman by John Gribbin
Diocletian and the Roman Recovery by Stephen Williams
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold Abelson
Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy
How to Be Topp by Ronald Searle
Making of Europe by Robert Bartlett
The Oxford History of Britain by Peter Salway
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Wing Leader by J. E. Johnson
Hard Drive by James Wallace
Towns, Villages and Countryside of Celtic Europe by Francoise Audouze
The Copernican Revolution by Thomas S. Kuhn
The Quest for El Cid by Richard Fletcher
The Fall of Constantinople 1453 by Steven Runciman
Kelly by Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson
The Harmless People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Born Red by Gao Yuan
Guns, Sails, and Empires by Caro M. Cipolla
Very Good, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
Life in the English Country House by Mark Girouard
Albert Einstein by Banesh (With the Collaboration of Helen Dukas) Hoffmann
The Extension of Man by J. D. Bernal
The German Generals Talk by Basil H. Liddell Hart
Civilisation by Kenneth Clark
Medieval Technology and Social Change by Lynn White
Small Wonder by Walter Henry Nelson
A History of Rome from its Origins to 529 A.D. as told by the Roman Historians by Moses Hadas
The Battle of Alcazar by
The Black Riders by Violet Needham