The Essential Geek Reading List

These are books that every good geek and tech follower should read, for the most part because they give an important historical context to the modern way of life. It's easy to think that things are the way the are, "just because", but the events that lead up to a particular technology's acceptance and dominance can be quite surprising. Check out these books, but be warned: you may learn, but you may not like!

Buses, Bankers & the Beer of Revolution

Buses  Bankers and the  Beer of  Revenge by  Justin  Pollard

Buses Bankers and the Beer of Revenge by Justin Pollard

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by Justin Pollard


Insanely Simple

Insanely  Simple by  Ken  Segall

Insanely Simple by Ken Segall

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by Ken Seagall


Physics of the Future

Physics of the  Future by  Michio  Kaku

Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku

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by Michio Kaku


Steve Jobs

Steve  Jobs by  Walter  Isaacson

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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by Walter Isaacson


The Idea Factory

The  Idea  Factory by  Jon  Gertner

The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner

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by Jon Gardner


The Master Switch

The  Master  Switch by  Tim  Wu

The Master Switch by Tim Wu

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by Tim Wu


What a Wonderful World!

by Marcus Chown
Not one that I've read yet, it has had a glowing review in the IET magazine. Subtitled "One man's attempt to explain the Big Stuff", the book examines things that we typically take for granted, such as time and electricity. Marcus Chown has the distinguished honour of having been taught at CalTech by Physics supremo (and bongo player) Richard Feynman, and has gone on to work with many other big names over the years.

Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman!

by Richard Feynman, and edited by Ralph Leighton
You can read this book online.

There will be loads of other books that should be on this list. If you have any suggestions, please let me know what they are (and your reasons) and I'll research them!

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