My Bookshelf

Some of the best books I've read, sorted according to topic, with reviews linked where I've completed them.

Sometimes I write longer form book reviews! I'll link to these as I generate them.

Math

Linear Algebra

Deep Learning

Reinforcement Learning

Biology

  • The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • A Genetic Switch, Phage Lambda Revisited, Mark Ptashne

SF

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1), Arthur C. Clarke

Outside

General, To File

  • How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, Mortimer J. Adler
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1), George R.R. Martin
  • A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, Christopher W. Alexander
  • A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder, Michael Pollan
  • A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, Ayelet Waldman
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  • A Truck Full of Money: One Man's Quest to Recover from Great Success, Tracy Kidder
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson
  • Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse, #3), James S.A. Corey
  • About Face: Odyssey Of An American Warrior, David H. Hackworth
  • Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire: The Biggest Ideas in Science from Quanta, Thomas  Lin
  • All the President's Men, Carl Bernstein
  • Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1), Richard K. Morgan
  • American Gods (American Gods, #1), Neil Gaiman
  • An Introduction to Statistical Learning: With Applications in R, Gareth James
  • Anathem, Neal Stephenson
  • Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Assault on Lake Casitas, Brad Alan Lewis
  • Axiomatic, Greg Egan
  • Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse, #6), James S.A. Corey
  • Bag of Bones, Stephen King
  • Basin and Range, John McPhee
  • Beyond the Mountain, Steve House
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott
  • Black House (The Talisman, #2), Stephen King
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall
  • Caliban's War (Expanse, #2), James S.A. Corey
  • Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1), Joseph Heller
  • Chaos: Making a New Science, James Gleick
  • Cibola Burn (The Expanse, #4), James S.A. Corey
  • Classic Feynman: All the Adventures of a Curious Character, Richard P. Feynman
  • Code, Charles Petzold
  • Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming, Peter Seibel
  • Coming Into the Country, John McPhee
  • Confessions of a Public Speaker, Scott Berkun
  • Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, Ryan Holiday
  • Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
  • Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age, Michael A. Hiltzik
  • Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #3), Liu Cixin
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport
  • Diaspora, Greg Egan
  • Dichronauts, Greg Egan
  • Different Seasons, Stephen King
  • Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money, Nathaniel Popper
  • Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, Cal Newport
  • Distress (Subjective Cosmology #3), Greg Egan
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  • Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, John McPhee
  • Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1), Frank Herbert
  • East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  • Encounters with the Archdruid, John McPhee
  • Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1), Orson Scott Card
  • Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, Alex  Hutchinson
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker
  • Fallout: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and the Political Science of the Atomic Bomb, Jim Ottaviani
  • Feynman, Jim Ottaviani
  • Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life, Leonard Mlodinow
  • Fifty Challenging Problems in Probability with Solutions, Frederick Mosteller
  • Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility, James P. Carse
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, Michael   Lewis
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin A. Abbott
  • Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It, Gabriel Wyner
  • Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge, Terence McKenna
  • Foundation (Foundation #1), Isaac Asimov
  • Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days, Jessica Livingston
  • Free Will, Sam Harris
  • Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield
  • Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War, Evan Wright
  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, James Gleick
  • Ghost World, Daniel Clowes
  • Gödel's Proof, Ernest Nagel
  • Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, Steven Levy
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  • Hearts in Atlantis, Stephen King
  • Heavy Weather, Bruce Sterling
  • Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow, Yuval Noah Harari
  • How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, Michael Pollan
  • How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, Arnold Bennett
  • Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1), Dan Simmons
  • I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Ilium (Ilium, #1), Dan Simmons
  • In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War, Tobias Wolff
  • In the Beginning...Was the Command Line, Neal Stephenson
  • Intel Trinity,The: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World's Most Important Company, Michael S. Malone
  • Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  • Introduction to Mathematical Thinking, Keith J. Devlin
  • Islands in the Stream, Ernest Hemingway
  • It, Stephen King
  • Jesus and Yahweh, Harold Bloom
  • John Adams, David McCullough
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
  • Kafka, David Zane Mairowitz
  • Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son, George Horace Lorimer
  • Letters from a Stoic, Seneca
  • Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1746-47, Philip Dormer Stanhope
  • Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1), James S.A. Corey
  • Lido for Time, Brad Alan Lewis
  • Lido for Time 14: 39: My Training Journal from October 1983 Through the Olympics in August '84, Brad Alan Lewis
  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Max Tegmark
  • Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology, Johnjoe McFadden
  • Lincoln, David Herbert Donald
  • Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth, Apostolos K. Doxiadis
  • Looking for a Ship, John McPhee
  • Lying, Sam Harris
  • Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  • Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
  • Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian
  • Master of the Senate, Robert A. Caro
  • Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies, Andreas M. Antonopoulos
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture, David Kushner
  • Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning (Dover Books on Mathematics), A.D. Aleksandrov
  • Mean Ol' Mr Gravity, Mark Rippetoe
  • Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #2), Robert A. Caro
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
  • Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence, Rory Miller
  • Men of Mathematics (Touchstone Books), Eric Temple Bell
  • Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, Ted Kerasote
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, Michael   Lewis
  • Musashi, Eiji Yoshikawa
  • Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Paul Stamets
  • Nemesis Games (The Expanse, #5), James S.A. Corey
  • Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning, Dan John
  • Neverwhere (London Below, #1), Neil Gaiman
  • Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  • North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail, Scott Jurek
  • Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived, Laurence Shames
  • Oceanic, Greg Egan
  • Old School, Tobias Wolff
  • On Bullshit, Harry G. Frankfurt
  • On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious, Douglas E. Harding
  • On Power, Robert A. Caro
  • On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  • On the Shortness of Life, Seneca
  • On Trails: An Exploration, Robert Moor
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King
  • Once a Runner , John L. Parker Jr.
  • One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer, Nathaniel Fick
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
  • Oranges, John McPhee
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English, John McWhorter
  • Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, Max Tegmark
  • Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1), Octavia E. Butler
  • Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: Letters of Richard P. Feynman, Richard P. Feynman
  • Permutation City (Subjective Cosmology #2), Greg Egan
  • Persepolis Rising (The Expanse, #7), James S.A. Corey
  • Phases of Gravity, Dan Simmons
  • Post-Truth, Lee McIntyre
  • Practical Programming for Strength Training, Mark Rippetoe
  • Programming Clojure, Stuart Halloway
  • Quarantine (Subjective Cosmology #1), Greg Egan
  • Radical Mycology: A Treatise On Seeing & Working With Fungi, Peter McCoy
  • Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals, Karen Pryor
  • Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution, Glyn Moody
  • Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
  • ReWork, Jason Fried
  • Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men's Cross-Country Team, Chris Lear
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari
  • Schild's Ladder, Greg Egan
  • Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1), James Clavell
  • Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
  • Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, Cal Newport
  • Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2), Orson Scott Card
  • Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying, Wolfgang Langewiesche
  • Stop-Time, Frank Conroy
  • Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang
  • Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics, Gerald Jay Sussman
  • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Harold Abelson
  • Summer of Night (Seasons of Horror, #1), Dan Simmons
  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, Nick Bostrom
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • The 4 Hour Workweek, Expanded And Updated: Expanded And Updated, With Over 100 New Pages Of Cutting Edge Content, Timothy Ferriss
  • The Amateurs, David Halberstam
  • The American Religion, Harold Bloom
  • The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn, Richard Hamming
  • The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers, John Gardner
  • The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence, Josh Waitzkin
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X
  • The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World, David Deutsch
  • The Black Cloud, Fred Hoyle
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, Michael   Lewis
  • The Body, Stephen King
  • The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, Michael Pollan
  • The Civil War, Vol. 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville, Shelby Foote
  • The Craftsman, Richard Sennett
  • The Crofter and the Laird: Life on an Hebridean Island, John McPhee
  • The Curve of Binding Energy: A Journey into the Awesome and Alarming World of Theodore B. Taylor, John McPhee
  • The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin, Peter H. Salus, Jeremy C. Reed, Jon Hall
  • The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #2), Liu Cixin, Joel Martinsen
  • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
  • The Design of Design, Frederick P. Brooks Jr.,
  • The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks, Susan Casey,
  • The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, Neal Stephenson, Pedro Jorge Romero
  • The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell, Aldous Huxley,
  • The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal, M. Mitchell Waldrop,
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe,
  • The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—And Us, Richard O. Prum,
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald,
  • The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1), Stephen King,
  • The High Lonesome: Epic Solo Climbing Stories, John  Long, Hai-Van K. Sponholz
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1), Douglas Adams,
  • The Hobbit or There and Back Again, J.R.R. Tolkien,
  • The Homeowner's Handbook to Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Big and Small Improvements, John Krigger,
  • The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus, Richard Preston, Αλέκος Μανωλίδης
  • The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcolm, Ian Jack
  • The Joy of Clojure, Michael Fogus, Chris Houser
  • The Last Car in the Parking Lot, Brad Alan Lewis,
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano
  • The Little Prover, Daniel P. Friedman, Carl Eastlund
  • The Little Schemer, Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen, Duane Bibby, Gerald J. Sussman
  • The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of  Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth, Paul Hoffman,
  • The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare, Robert     Smith, Jonathan Morris
  • The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America, Langdon Cook,
  • The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Frederick P. Brooks Jr.,
  • The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story, Michael   Lewis,
  • The Norton Shakespeare, Based on the Oxford Edition, William Shakespeare, Stephen Greenblatt, Walter Cohen, Jean E. Howard, Katherine Eisaman Maus
  • The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do, Judith Rich Harris,
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan,
  • The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4), T.H. White,
  • The One-Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka,
  • The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli,
  • The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs, Patricia B. McConnell,
  • The Passage of Power, Robert A. Caro,
  • The Patch, John McPhee,
  • The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life, Robert Fritz,
  • The Path to Power, Robert A. Caro,
  • The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It, Neal Bascomb,
  • The Pine Barrens, John McPhee, James Graves
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, Robert A. Caro,
  • The Prime Number Conspiracy: The Biggest Ideas in Math from Quanta, Thomas  Lin,
  • The Princess Bride, William Goldman,
  • The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch, Jonathan Gottschall,
  • The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys, James Fadiman,
  • The Reasoned Schemer, Daniel P. Friedman, William E. Byrd, Oleg Kiselyov
  • The Seasoned Schemer, Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen
  • The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter, Paul J. Steinhardt,
  • The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins,
  • The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence, Stephen Kiesling,
  • The Shining (The Shining, #1), Stephen King,
  • The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien, Martin Shaw
  • The Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder,
  • The Stand, Stephen King, Bernie Wrightson
  • The Talisman (The Talisman, #1), Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • The Terror, Dan Simmons,
  • The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1), Liu Cixin, Ken Liu
  • The Tommyknockers, Stephen King,
  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Steven Pressfield, Robert McKee
  • The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228, Dick Couch, Cliff Hollenbeck
  • The Wizard War: British Scientific Intelligence, 1939-1945, R.V. Jones,
  • The World According to Garp, John Irving,
  • The Wright Brothers, David McCullough,
  • Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse, #8), James S.A. Corey,
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Sebastian Junger,
  • True Hallucinations, Terence McKenna,
  • Ulysses, James Joyce,
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand,
  • Uncommon Carriers, John McPhee,
  • Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, Sam Harris,
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel
  • Why We Run: A Natural History, Bernd Heinrich,
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, Matthew Walker,
  • Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon,
  • Wool (Wool, #1), Hugh Howey,
  • Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1), Hugh Howey,
  • Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig,
  • Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Herrigel, D.T. Suzuki, Φοίβος Ι. Πιομπίνος, R.F.C. Hull
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel, Blake  Masters