Ask HN: What books got you curious and inspired about fields other than CS?

15 points | by ahmedbaracat 35 days ago


  • oseityphelysiol 35 days ago

    Probably known to most people, but "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond turned me on to a lot of things. The work covers many topics, including history, geography, evolution, giving a very wide view, which serves as a good starting point to start exploring some of these topics deeper.

    • routerl 35 days ago

      Ages ago, "Gödel, Escher, and Bach" turned me from a kid who liked computers into someone very into music, math, philosophy, and literature. It does a great job of showing the reader the joy of playing with abstract concepts across several fields, including writing.

      • Phithagoras 34 days ago

        - Yakov Perelman's "Physics for entertainment" was fun, and repeating an experiment at work once almost got me fired

        - "Made to stick" by Chip and Dan Heath

        - "The Dissapearing Spoon" got me curious about chemistry

        -"Uncle Tungsten" by Oliver Sacks got me started on the rest of his books, taking my fascination in chemistry and nudging it towards medicine, neurology and psychology.

        - "The Social Animal" and "Influence" showed me more about psychology

        - Borrowing a copy of the classic textbook Gray's Anatomy while recuperating from a serious accident showed me how fascinating the human body is

        • phyalow 35 days ago
          • type0 35 days ago

            - Structural engineering -

            "Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down"

            J.E. Gordon

            - Rocket engineering and history -

            "Ignition!: An informal history of liquid rocket propellants"

            John Drury Clark

            • Gnarl 34 days ago

              "The Body Electric" & "Cross Currents" by Dr. Robert O. Becker got me into health effects of wireless radiation exposures.

              "The undercover economist" by Tim Harford got me interested in economics.

              "Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinsky on community organizing.

              • I_complete_me 35 days ago

                The Wild Trees by Richard Preston about climbing Giant Redwood trees in California. It started my own tree climbing which I learnt entirely from YouTube and some falls. In the book the author describes making love in a hammock high in the trees. Hell, what could be better than that?

                • StrangeDoctor 35 days ago

                  innovator's dilemma Got me interested in the science of running technical businesses.

                  • debt5000 34 days ago

                    Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad

                    • entha_saava 35 days ago

                      Physics for Entertainment by Yakov Perelman

                      • ffggtgf 35 days ago

                        limitless mind rusell targ