In no particular order, here are some great books and interesting papers I that I particularly enjoyed.
- [cached]Deep Residual Learning for Image Recognition, currently one of the most influential machine learning papers.
- [cached]Unsupervised Neural Machine Translation and [cached]Unsupervised Machine Translation Using Monolingual Corpora Only achieve the seemingly impossible - learning to translate between two languages with no bi-lingual examples!
- [cached]Program Synthesis using Uniform Mutation by Addition and Deletion. Very elegant system to evolve programs that can run quite interesting algorithms.
Food & Drink
- Jacques Pepin's New Complete Techniques, a good introduction to all basic techniques and recipes for cooking western dishes.
- [cached]The Food Lab, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.
- Liquid Intelligence, Dave Arnold.
- [cached]Letters from a Stoic, Seneca the Younger
This book serves as a great introduction to Stoic philosophy, giving you a guide on how to live your life. For other approaches to the same topic or further reading, I recommend [cached]A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy and [cached]Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
- [cached]The Life-changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo
While the title sounds like hyperbole, this book is actually great to help you get rid of all the things you've accumulated over the years that you don't really need any more, but that are still around somehow. You'll be surprised at how much you'll get rid of, and how transformed your flat/house suddenly feels.
- [cached]The Design of Everyday Things
- The Intelligent Investor
- Fooled by Randomness
- The Selfish Gene
- Work Rules!, Laszlo Bock.
Gives you an idea what Google looks like on the inside, and how you can use that to improve the company you work in. Recommended for everyone who has never worked at Google.
- Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman!
- Influence, Robert Cialdini
- Ego is the Enemy
- Principles: Life and Work, Ray Dalio.
- The Player of Games, Ian M. Banks; as well as all the other Culture books
- The Long War
- The Windup Girl
- The Quantum Thief
- The Last Ringbearer. A great alternative view of Lord of the Rings, from the point of view of an Orc. Mordor is an advanced scientific society, while the elves are the imperialist oppressors.
- Halting State, Charles Stross.
- Daemon and Freedom, Daniel Suarez
- Ender's Game
- Life of Pi
- Permutation City
- A Deepness in the Sky
- Stranger in a Strange Land
- Starship Troopers
- The Diamond Age
- Flowers for Algernon
- The Three-Body Problem
Innovative Chinese SciFi.
- The Martian
- The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
- House of Suns
- Snow Crash
- The Master of Go
I've always been very interested in the hard sciences - if not for computer science, I would have probably gone into physics. In addition to my collection below, Less Wrong has a very good post on [cached]The Best Textbooks on Every Subject.
- Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach by Hennessy and Patterson, the classic text on how CPUs (and processors in general) work
- [cached]Software Engineering at Google, sharing lessons and best practices from Google - well worth a read!
My favorite introduction to physics so far are definitely [cached]The Feynman Lectures on Physics, available for free online. While the lectures are quite old at this point - originally published 1964 - the parts about classical physics are of course still accurate today. They lectures are also available as bound volumes in a fantastic box set.
[cached]The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose also provides an extensive tour throughout most of modern physics, including the mathematics necessary to understand it - the first couple hundred pages may be a bit dry, but it's worth it for really understanding all the physics towards the end!
For a comprehensive selection of all books you need for both undergraduate and graduate Physics, see [cached]So You Want To Learn Physics... ([cached]previous version) by Susan J. Fowler, an excellent list.
For molecular biology, [cached]The Processes of Life: An Introduction to Molecular Biology has been recommended to me. I will update once I've actually read it.