I often get asked for book recommendations. I’ve compiled a list of books and research papers, in no particular order, that I’ve read and would like to pass on to you. They range from mathematics and philosophy, to statistics and behavioral science, to technology and history.
Team of Rivals
Dreams from My Father
Zero to One
Einstein: His Life and Universe
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead
The Score Takes Care of Itself
Rise of the Robots
Founders at Work
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Thinking Fast and Slow
Born to Run
The Hard Things About Hard Things
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The Happiness Hypothesis
The Talent Code
Why We Buy
Made to Stick
The Founder’s Dilemmas
Business Model Generation
First, Break All the Rules
Where the Wild Things Are
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Tipping Point
The Charisma Myth
The Monk and The Riddle
Into Thin Air
The Four Steps to the Epiphany
What’s Mine is Yours
Designing for Growth
Cartographies of Time
Crossing the Chasm
The Elements of User Experience
HTML5 & CSS3 For the Real World
To Sell is Human
Grace for the Moment
Catherine the Great
The Everything Store
Good to Great
The Work of Leaders
The Art of War
Strengths Based Leadership
Don’t Make me Think
Cradle to Cradle
The Will to Power
The Happiness Project
The Black Swan
Where Good Ideas Come From
A Random Walk Down Wall Street
Letters from a Stoic
Making Ideas Happen
First Things First
Three Cups of Tea
The World is Flat
The Last Lecture
Scale – Geoffrey West demonstrates how cities and companies exhibit biological-like behaviors and are fractal in nature.
Men of Mathematics – Eric Temple Bell highlights the life of 34 men from the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century.
Genome – Matt Ridley
The Rational Optimist – also by Matt Ridley
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World – by Renee Girard.
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information – love this book. Great for a history lesson on graphical representations and practical advice.
The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence – by Benoit Mandelbrot.
The Fractal Geometry of Nature – by Benoit Mandelbrot.
The Last Problem
The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy – Newton
The Philosophical Writings of Descartes
A theory of nonlinear systems – from Amar Bose, founder of Bose. He had the renowned Y.W. Lee. as an advisor.
A Brief Introduction to the Basics of Game Theory
Bitcoin’s Academic Pedigree
Catastrophic cascade of failures in interdependent networks
Public Opinion and the Democratic Peace
Investing in the Unknown and Unknowable
Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems
The Cook and the Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce
The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance
The Mundanity of Excellence
Whom You Know Matters: Venture Capital Networks and Investment Performance
Non-linear genetic algorithms for solving problems – The present invention is a non-linear genetic algorithm for problem solving – one of the earliest papers on genetic programming.
Margin of Safety – takeaways from Seth Klarman’s $1K+ book.
A smooth exit from eternal inflation? – Stephen Hawking’s final paper.
Reputation Inflation – reputations are becoming online first. And just like real life, the reputations are inflated.
Modeling Asset Returns with Hyperbolic Distributions – an attempt to improve upon Black-Scholes theory using hyperbolic distributions to try and better fit the data and model.
Statistics of Deadly Quarrels – the title says it all. Note the magnitude of death in wars follows a power law. More here.
Geometry in the Age of Enlightenment
Statistical tests, P values, confidence intervals, and power: a guide to misinterpretations