Books

I read a lot, and this is where I will document that! It’ll be some work getting books i’ve read in the past few years up here, so I’m just listing titles for anything before 2019. I have read every book here cover to cover (or close) unless otherwise noted.

2019:

  • The Phoenix Project: A novel about IT, DevOps, and helping your business
    • This book was recommended by a company on-boarding doc at the place I was interning at.
    • Currently 100 pages through, and it’s been interesting to see an example of the business problems and organizational problems that larger companies face. Until now, my projects have had much smaller teams so reading books like this and working on Web Development at a mid sized company (over 60 employees) is giving me a new perspective on software development, and showing me different potential career paths
    • After finishing the book I know a lot more about what DevOps actually does, and about what happens within a company outside of development. From a dev perspective, thinking about what happens to my code after I write it (going to QA and eventually all the steps to production) was interesting.
  • The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Computing
    • One of the best books i’ve read. It covered everything from the origins of the field to how Turing cracked the enigma machine in WW2 (in full detail!) to modern crypto like Pretty Good Privacy and RSA. The depth this book went into while still providing interesting stories made it a really good read. This has made me more interested in the history of computer science, so i’m hoping to read more on that later.
  • Cracking the Tech Career (formerly called The Google Resume).
    • This was a really good read to overview what I need to do in college! I read it for free through safari books online that was paid for by GT, which was nice. I learned about the interview process, how all the components of total compensation work, and how career progressions work. I want to land at a big company after undergrad and stay for a few years while I do an online masters in CS before figuring out my longer term plan, and this book gave me a roadmap to do so. Some chapters felt more like review or common sense, but overall it was a good read.
  • Rites of Passage at $100,000+ : The insiders guide to executive job changing
    • A lot about recruiters and the politics behind getting a job. A little old fashioned but informative.
  • Image Processing, Analysis, and Machine Vision
    • (see other page for info on the online course i’m using this with). I have only read a few chapters so far, because I couldn’t keep up with all of the math in later sections yet. I’m focusing on the course too.
    • I really like the theoretical side of CS! I like math, so seeing it applied to real problems in computer vision is awesome.
  • [in progress] Signals, Systems, and Noise:
    • I got a $1 original 1960 edition of this book from the library! It covers information theory and complicated ideas in plain english (with minimal math, basically nothing), which is cool. I am currently on chapter 4 (just finished learning what ergodic stochastic processes were and about the history of communication theory. Claude Shannon)! The signals processing part is also relevant to computer vision (image approximation, see week two lab notes. Also SIFT and other stuff) so thats nice.

2018: (I read a lot this year! I would always get dropped off early for my dual enrollment classes, so I used the time to go in the EVC library and read for a few hours a week) (no descriptions of what I thought on these as I didn’t have this website at the time)

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything 
  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think 
  • Developing the Leaders Around You
  • The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know  
  • Brain on fire: my month of madness
  • Flatland: a romance of many dimensions
  • Education of a Wandering Man 
  • The Evolution of Racism 
  • Managerial Psychology  
  • The Mathematical Experience
  • Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry (a short, 60 page book focusing on expert systems; a bit outdated)
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business 
  • Solaris (the scifi, nothing to do with oracle’s system)

2017:

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Brave New World
  • How to Become a Straight A Student by Cal Newport
  • Animal Farm
  • Theoretical Criminology
  • Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small Business Without Going Crazy 
  • Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength