Friday, 23 January 2015

American Scientists List of 100 or so books that shaped a century of science

Sometime in the past, the good people at American Scientist decided to publish a list of scientific books that shaped 20th century science. My aim is to read all of them. Yes, I hear you! Its a tall task, but probably by the end of my life I would read a good amount of them. So to put into perspective I decided to list the books that I have already read, either partly or in full from that list. To see the original list, click here. Here goes my sub list from that list.



Biography

G. H. Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology (1940)
 
Richard Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (1985) 

Field Guides
H. Bradley, W. A. Craigie, J. A. H. Murray and C. T. Onions (eds.), Oxford English Dictionary (1933)
Physical Sciences

Explorations 
 
George Gamow, One, Two, Three? Infinity (1947)
 
Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time (1988)
 
Herman Weyl, Symmetry (1952) 

Monographs
 
Albert Einstein, The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein: The Swiss Years: Writings, 1902–09 (1930)
 
Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead, Principia Mathematica (1910–13, 3 vols.)
 
Albert Einstein, The Meaning of Relativity (1922)
 
Richard Feynman, QED (1985)
 
Donald Knuth, The Art of Computer Programming (1968) 

History of Science 

I have read none in this list

Science Itself Examined

I have read none in this list
 
Many-Sided Life 

Explorations 
 
I have read none in this list

Monographs 
 
Erwin Schrödinger, What Is Life? (1944)
The Evolution of Life
 
I have read none in this list

The Nature and Rise of Our Own Species 

Explorations 
 
I have read none in this list

Monographs
 
I have read none in this list

Novels 

I have read none in this list

That's really a very bad score, I have read just 12 of those. But I see that the list contains at least 3 books that I plan to read this year. Let's see how this goes.