Alan Kay

14 Alan Kay Recommended Books

Alan Kay is a computer scientist who is best known for his pioneering work in object-oriented programming and user interface design. He is a recipient of the prestigious Turing Award and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has worked on numerous projects including the Smalltalk programming language, the Dynabook concept, and the development of the Apple Lisa and Macintosh.

14 Books recommended by Alan Kay

The Mythical Man-Month

The Mythical Man-Month

Essays on Software Engineering

Author :Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

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"An early look and experience with timeless truths (and gotchas) from systems building with teams" - Alan Kay [Source]

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Author :Bruce Alberts

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"For many years it has been the best single volume narrative of 'life from scratch.'" - Alan Kay [Source]

The Organ-Builder

The Organ-Builder

Author :Francois Bedos de Celles

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"A very different kind of book." - Alan Kay [Source]

The Sciences of the Artificial

The Sciences of the Artificial

Author :Herbert A Simon

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"A much stronger way to think about computing — and what 'Computer Science' might mean." - Alan Kay [Source]

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Author :Jules Verne

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"A formative book in so many ways." - Alan Kay [Source]

Mythology

Mythology

Author :Edith Hamilton

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"A few more books like this, and by the time I got to first grade I had been ruined for the 'single book - single truth' ideas of school and church." - Alan Kay [Source]

The Art of the Metaobject Protocol

The Art of the Metaobject Protocol

Author :Gregor Kiczales

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"A real gem for helping to think about design and implementations." - Alan Kay [Source]

A Programming Language

A Programming Language

Author :Kenneth E. Iverson

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"This has the same thought expanding properties of Lisp." - Alan Kay [Source]

Art in the Blood

Art in the Blood

A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Author :Bonnie MacBird

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"[My wife] completely nailed the Arthur Conan Doyle voice of the characters and narrative, while being able to carry a marvelous story into the much larger realm of the novel." - Alan Kay [Source]

Molecular Biology of the Gene

Molecular Biology of the Gene

Author :James D. Watson Ph.D.

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"A lovely book to read." - Alan Kay [Source]

Advances in Programming and Non-Numerical Computation

Advances in Programming and Non-Numerical Computation

Author :L Fox

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"One of the books that Bob Barton had us read in his famous advanced systems design class in 1967." - Alan Kay [Source]

Computation

Computation

Finite and Infinite Machines

Author :Marvin Lee Minsky

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"It is actually a 'math book' — with lots of ideas, theorems, proofs, etc., — but presented in the friendliest way imaginable by a great mind." - Alan Kay [Source]

The Principia

The Principia

The Authoritative Translation and Guide: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

Author :Isaac Newton

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"I have never forgotten the combined shock and thrill of making my way through this in my 20s." - Alan Kay [Source]

LISP 1.5 Programmer's Manual

LISP 1.5 Programmer's Manual

Author :John McCarthy

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"I have called this the 'Maxwell’s Equations' of computing, because it presents a very large part of what’s important about programming languages." - Alan Kay [Source]

FAQs

Q1: What does Alan Kay recommend when it comes to books?

Alan Kay is known for recommending books on a multitude of topics, from science and mathematics to computer science and philosophy.

Alan Kay's approach to reading emphasizes the importance of connecting with the material, so reading with curiosity and actively engaging with and thinking about the material is key.

Alan Kay has authored books like 'The Early History of Smalltalk' about the Smalltalk programming language he co-created and 'Children's Machine' advocating early computer literacy in education. He also coauthored books including 'Squeak: Open Personal Computing and Multimedia' on the open source Smalltalk, and 'Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust' proposing a new approach to AI. Kay's books like 'The Early History of Smalltalk' provide insight into his pioneering work in personal computing and programming languages.

Alan Kay's books cover topics related to the history of computing, artificial intelligence, mathematics, philosophy, and computer science.

To begin reading Alan Kay's books, it's best to start by reading his two books, “Sketches of Thought” and “The Early History of Smalltalk.” Once these books have been read, readers can explore the other recommended titles to gain further understanding of the topics of interest.