Knowledge Continuum

Notes and Thoughts

An experiment to spark conversation

Programmer x Writer

Interests: CompSci, CogSci, Philosophy, Mathematics


Reading list

Compilation of my favorite resources that I am either reading right now, or have already read, or liked the synopsis so much that I put it in my to read list.

Note: These is not a list of all the materials that I have read or that I am reading, this is a compilation of the resources that I found interesting and worth sharing. And all the links mentioned here point to reliable open-access/free websites like IA, Gutenberg, Youtube, Arxiv, University FTPs etc.

Technical books

David Spivak. (2018). Seven Sketches in Compositionality: An Invitation to Applied Category Theory

I've been meaning to read this book for a long time, never found time, but I've set it aside for 2021.

Trevor Hastie. (). The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction

Didier Sornette. (). Critical Phenomena in Natural Sciences: Chaos, Fractals, Selforganization and Disorder: Concepts and Tools

Nassim Nicholas Taleb. (2020). Statistical Consequences of Fat Tails (Technical Incerto)

Learning Resources

Ron Pressler. (20-Jan-2018). A concise history of computation

An extremely well-written account of computational logic history; includes Aristotle to Leibniz to McCarthy. Source: Prathyush Pramod.

Akiyoshi Kitaoka. (Psychologist). Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s Illusions

One of the best resource on UX analysis based on the working of infotemporal cortex. Source: Akiyoshi Kitaka.

Jules Hedges. (2020). Compositional Game Theory

Professor Macauley. (2017). Visual group theory

Based on the book by Nathan Carter. Source: Random Youtube Browsing

Other Books(Philosophy, Math, Literature, CogSci)

James Franklin. (2001). The Science of Conjecture: Evidence and Probability before Pascal

Brian Cantwell Smith. (1996). On the Origin of Objects

Ludwig Wittgenstein. (1958). The Blue and Brown Books

Rupert Read. (2019). This Civilisation is Finished: Conversations on the end of Empire - and what lies beyond

Steven Strogatz. (2019). Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe

Niel Postman. (1985). Amusing ourselves to death

Carl G. Jung. (1965). Man and his symbolsWayback

Christopher Alexander. (1964). Notes on the synthesis of formWayback

Lev Vygotsky. (1934). Thought and LanguageWayback

Marvin Minsky. (1986). The Society of MindWayback

Steward Brand. (1994). How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're BuiltWayback

John Ioannidis. (2005). Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

Myles Burnyeat. (2001). A Map of Metaphysics Zeta

Aristotle. (Unknown). The Basic Works of Aristotle

Started but couldn't go beyond the first chapter. Too dry and Too difficult to penerate. Anyway will try again.

Noam Chomsky. (1988). Manufacturing ConsentWayback

Laërtius, Diogenes. (12th Centure Maybe). The lives of Eminent PhilosophersGuten

Henri Bergson. (1903). The Creative Mind: Introduction to MetaphysicsWayback

Henri Bergson. (1907). Creative EvolutionGuten

Lewis Mumford. (1934). Technics and CivilizationWayback

David Deutsche. (2011). The beginning of Infinity

Francisco Varela. (1991). The Embodied MindWayback

Ariel Rubenstein. (2016). Models of Bounded Rationality and Mechanism Design

Halbertal Moshe. (2013). Maimonides: Life and Thought

Blaise Pascal. (Unknown). PenseesGuten

Pliny the Elder. (Unknown). Complete works of Pliny the ElderGuten

James Le Fanu. (2001). They Don't Know What's Wrong: Does Your Illness Baffle the Doctors?

Ayn Rand. (1943). The FountainheadWayback

Douglas Hofstadter. (1997). Le Ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of LanguageWayback

Umberto Eco. (2003). Mouse or Rat

Seneca. (unknown). On the shortness of lifeWayback

Shakle G.L.S. (1972). Epistemics and Economics: A critique of economic doctrineWayback

Friedrich Hayek. (). Hayek on Hayek: An autobiographical Dialogue

Henri Poincare. (1905). Essential writings of Henri PoincareGuten

Michel de Montaigne. (). The Essays

Frederic Bastiat. (1850). That which is seen and that which is not

Gerd Gigerenzer. (2015). Simply Rational: Decision Making in the Real World

Gerd Gigerenzer. (). Fast and Frugal Heuristics: Theory, Tests, and Applications

Elinor Ostrom. (2002). The Drama of the Commons

Didier Sornette. (). Critical Phenomena in Natural Sciences: Chaos, Fractals, Selforganization and Disorder: Concepts and Tools

Everything by Karen Armstrong on the History of Religion and Myth

Michael Oakeshott. (1933). Experience and Its ModesWayback

Epictetus. (). Discourse and Selected Writings

Fiction, Fantasy, and SciFi

  • Douglas Adams. (1979). The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy

  • RR Tolkien. (1954). The Lord of the Rings

  • Margaret Atwood. (1985). The Handmaid's Tale

  • Neal Stephenson. (1992). Snowcrash

  • Orson Scott Card. (1985). The Ender's Game

  • William Gibson. (1984). Neuromancer

  • G.R.R Martin. (). Songs of Ice and Fire

Favorite books on Life

Marcus Aurelius. (Unknown ~ 14 C.E.). MeditationsGuten

Bertrand Russell. (1912). The Problems of PhilosophyGuten

Arnold Bennett. (1908). How to live on 24 Hours a DayGuten

Bertrand Russell. (1930). The Conquest of HappinessWayback

Epictetus. (Unknown). The EnchiridionGuten

Seneca "The Younger". (Unknown). Letters from a Stoic

Rene Descartes. (1644). Selections from the principles of philosophyGuten

Arthur Schopenhauer. (Unknown). Studies in pessimismGuten

Albert Camus. (1942). The Myth of SisyphusWayback

Jorge Luis Borges. (~1940s). Selected Non-Fictions

Leo Tolstoy. (1886). The death of Ivan Illych

Fodor Dostoyevsky. (1880). The Brothers KaramazovGuten

Friedrich Nietzsche. (1881). Thus Spoke ZarathustraGuten

Fodor Dostoyevsky. (1869). The IdiotGuten

Fodor Dostoyevsky. (1864). Notes from the UndergroundGuten

Robert Pirsig. (1974). Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceWayback

Chistopher Alexander. (1979). The timeless way of buildingWayback

Edwin Abott. (1884). Flatlands: A Romance of Many DimensionsGuten

Nassim Nicholas Taleb. (2012). Antifragile

Nick Sousanis. (2015). Unflattening

Some awesome blogs, personal websites, interactive books

Andy Matuschak's Notes

Steven Witten's Site

Ron Pressler's Blog

Bartosz Ciechanowski's Blog


Agner Fog's Optimization Manual

No stinking loop

Patrick Mckenzie's Blog

Gwern Branwen's Site

Bret Victor's Site

Siddhart Bhat's Blog

Chris Olah's Blog

Nicholas Rogeux's Site

Probably, the most beautiful website you will encounter.

Meaningness's Site on Rationality and Spirituality

Dan Margalit's Interactive Linear Algebra Site

J Strom's Immersive Linear Algebra Site

Andy Matuschak's Site on Quantum Computing

Is pretty different in it has built flash-card and prompts to help you retain concepts.

Paul Mason's MathCell

Logic and Computation by Prabhakar Ragde

Hamish Todd's Site on Virus

Avinash Pandey's Graph Theory

Ruslan's Music Theory Site

Dan Schiffman's Nature of Code

Mathematics for physics by Adam Marsh

Explorable Explanations by ncasey

Josh Comeau's Site on Waveforms

Robert Nystrom's Game Programming Pattern

Robert Nystrom's Crafting Interpreters

Butterick's book on Typography

Online Book on Statistics

Juan Carlos Ponce's Complex Analysis

Favorite Talks (Transcripts Below)

Richard Hamming. (1986). You and Your Research

Samuel Scudder. (1874). Look at your fish

Richard Hamming. (1995). Learning to learn

Charlie Munger. (1995). The Psychology of Human Misjudgement

Bret Victor. (2012). Inventing on principle.

David Foster Wallace. (2005). This is water

Charlie Munger. (2007). USC Commencement Speech

Interesting Lectures

David Deutsche. (2017). Why are flowers beautiful?

David Deutsch on Objectivity of aesthetics over the prevalent notion of subjective aesthetics.

Rupert Sheldrake. (2013). The Science Delusion

The flaws of science as a religion

Russell Ackoff. (1993). Russell Ackoff From Mechanistic Thinking to Systemic Thinking

Michael Surgrue. (1994). Best lecture on Marcus Aurelius's by Prof Michael Surgrue