Here follows a list of some of my favorite books, articles, etc.
- G H Hardy, A Mathematician’s Apology (1940), accessed April 05, 2010, http://www.math.ualberta.ca/mss/.
- Terence Tao, Solving Mathematical Problems (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).
- Freeman Dyson, “Birds and Frogs,” Notices of the American Mathematical Society 2 (2009): 212-223.
- Eugene Wigner, “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences,” Communications in Pure and Applied Mathematics 1 (1960).
- William P Thurston, “On Proof and Progress in Mathematics,” Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 2 (1994): 161-177.
- Allyn Jackson, “Comme Appelé du Néant—As If Summoned from the Void: The Life of Alexandre Grothendieck,” Notices of the American Mathematical Society 4 (2004): 1038-1056.
- Donald E Knuth, “Computer Programming as an Art,” Communications of the ACM 12 (1974): 667-673, http://goo.gl/Z0Sd5 (PDF).
- Edsger W Dijkstra, “On the Cruelty of Really Teaching Computing Science,” EWD 1036 (1988), http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/transcriptions/EWD10xx/EWD1036.html.
- David Deutsch, Artur Ekert and Rosella Lupacchini, “Machines, Logic and Quantum Physics,” arXiv.org math/9911150v1 (1999), http://arxiv.org/abs/math/9911150v1.
- Persi Diaconis, “The Problem of Thinking Too Much,” American Academy of Arts and Sciences Bulletin Spring (2003): 26-38, http://amacad.org/publications/bulletin/spring2003/diaconis.pdf (PDF)
- Paul Graham, “Good and Bad Procrastination,” PaulGraham.com December (2005), http://paulgraham.com/procrastination.html.
- William Deresiewicz, “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education,” The American Scholar Summar (2008), http://theamericanscholar.org/the-disadvantages-of-an-elite-education/.
- William Deresiewicz, “Solitude and Leadership,” The American Scholar Spring(2010), http://theamericanscholar.org/solitude-and-leadership/.
- William Deresiewicz, “The End of Solitude,” The Chronicle of Higher Education January (2009), http://chronicle.com/article/The-End-of-Solitude/3708.
- Steven Weinberg, “Is the Universe a Computer?,” review of A New Kind of Science, by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Media, October 24, 2002, New York Review of Books, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2002/oct/24/is-the-universe-a-computer/.
- John Allen Paulos, “He Conquered the Conjecture,” review of Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century, by Masha Gessen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 29, 2010, New York Review of Books, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/apr/29/he-conquered-the-conjecture/.
- Freeman Dyson, “The ‘Dramatic Picture’ of Richard Feynman,” review of Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science, by Lawrence M Krauss, Norton, July 14, 2011, New York Review of Books, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/jul/14/dramatic-picture-richard-feynman/.
- Jim Holt, “He Conceived the Mathematics of Roughness,” review of The Fractalist: Memoir of a Scientific Maverick, by Benoit B. Mandelbrot, Pantheon, May 23, 2013, New York Review of Books, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/may/23/mandlebrot-mathematics-of-roughness/.
- “A second draft of a non-technical article on universality,” What’s New, September 14, 2010, http://terrytao.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/a-second-draft-of-a-non-technical-article-on-universality/.