10 Great Tech Books

Steven Levy lists his top 10 books about technology in an article on IEEE Spectrum’s website. Regarding the list, he states:

Any great nonfiction book combines education with entertainment. in drafting my A-list of general interest books about technology, I considered impact and significance but gave still more weight to the reading experience. this is a collection where lay readers can appreciate each entry – and engineers, programmers, and other tech professionals can’t afford to miss a single one.

Here is the list. Check out the article for a brief blurb about each.

  1. The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance, Henry Petroski (Knopf, 1989)
  2. Mirror Worlds; or, The Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox…How It Will Happen and What It Will Mean, David Gelernter (Oxford University Press, 1991)
  3. A New Kind of Science, Stephen Wolfram (Wolfram Media, 2002)
  4. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas R. Hofstadter (Basic Books, 1979)
  5. Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, Paul Graham (O’Reilly, 2004)
  6. The Design of Everyday Things, Donald A. Norman (Basic Books, 1988; paperback reprint, 2002)
  7. The Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder (Little, Brown, 1981)
  8. The Codebreakers: The Story of Secret Writing, David Kahn (Macmillan, 1967; revised edition, Scribner, 1996)
  9. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, Dava Sobel (Walker, 1995)
  10. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes (Simon & Schuster, 1986)
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~ by toddbumgarner on July 14, 2008 5:44 am.

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