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Stripe’s polymath co-founder and avid reader, Patrick Collision, has kept a robust for years now.
I’ve found his list of
562
books incredibly useful, but difficult to easily explore. So I’ve made a version below that’s easier to digest and enriched with cover images, categories, authors, and more.
I last updated the list on
April 9, 2024
.
Stay curious,
- Matt Woods 🤙
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1
A Decade of Research
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A Farewell to Alms
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A Great Leap Forward
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A Piece of the Action: How the Middle Class Joined the Money Class
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A Vast Machine
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Aftermath
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Age of Ambition
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8
Airplane Performance Stability and Control
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All Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays
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American Colossus
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Amusing Ourselves to Death
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Angle of Attack: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon
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Anthropic Bias
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Asimov's New Guide to Science
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Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World--Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It
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BSD Hacks
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Calculus On Manifolds: A Modern Approach To Classical Theorems Of Advanced Calculus
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China Airborne - 12 edition
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Conjectures and Refutations
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Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
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Dancing in the Glory of Monsters
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Democracy in America
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Dracula
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Feynman Lectures On Gravitation
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Foucault's Pendulum
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Global Catastrophic Risks
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Hard Landing
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How Judges Think
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If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
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In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz
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Incompleteness
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Justice as Fairness
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Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams
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Let My People Go Surfing
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Longitude
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Medieval Technology and Social Change
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Men, Machines, and Modern Times
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Midnight's Children
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Mind-Body Problem
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Mindstorms
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Montaigne: Complete Essays
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Myth of the Machine
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Myth of the Machine
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Nixon Agonistes
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Nixonland
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On Lisp: Advanced Techniques for Common Lisp
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On the Shortness of Life
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Orality and Literacy
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Out of Mao's Shadow
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Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming
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Pioneering Portfolio Management
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Plagues and Peoples
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Plato at the Googleplex
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Poor Charlie's Almanack
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Pop Internationalism
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Popper Selections
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Postcards from Tomorrow Square
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Quantum Computing since Democritus
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River Town
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind 1St Edition Edition
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Say Again, Please: Guide to Radio Communications
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Science: A History
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Season of the Witch
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Setting the Table
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Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens
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Spacetime and Geometry
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Speedboat (NYRB Classics)
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Steve Jobs
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Stories of Your Life and Others
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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
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Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
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Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book
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Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
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Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages
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The Age of Em
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The Alexiad
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The Art and Craft of Problem Solving 1st Edition
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The Art of Doing Science and Engineering
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The Ascent of Man
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The Beginning of Infinity
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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
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The Chip
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The City in History
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The Count of Monte Cristo
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The Cowshed
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The Dream Machine
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The feminine mystique
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The Hunters
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The Journalist And The Murderer
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The Long Way
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The Man Behind the Microchip
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The Nature of Mathematical Modeling
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The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
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The Old Way: A Story of the First People
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The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War
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The Paris Review Interviews, III
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The Planet Remade
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The Power of Productivity
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The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics
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The Princeton Companion to Mathematics
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The Rise and Fall of American Growth
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The Rise and Fall of Nations
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The Scramble for Africa
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The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Vol. 1
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The Social Conquest of Earth
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This Town
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Toward a Theory of Instruction
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War and Peace
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Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region
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Whole Earth Discipline
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Wind, Sand and Stars
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