I'm writing a new book! Follow along on the journey.
Aahhh, I've been looking for a book like this! So glad you're writing it. In no particular order:
George Dyson's new one, Analogia: The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines, touches upon analogue machines, trees that count.. all kinds of wonderful computational things.
James Bridle's Ways of Being, also for the nature & computation angle.
I like the way Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian, Thomas L. Griffiths, and Tom Griffiths balances between technically solid, but still approachable.
There seems to be more "humanistic" math books out there - Once Upon A Prime, Weil Conjectures, A Divine Language: Learning Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus at the Edge of Old Age - that might serve as inspiration on introducing ideas. Oh, and of course anything by Carlo Rovelli for poetic physics!
I enjoyed browsing your stack of books. I hope you will write about Don Knuth. There are so many layers to Don, he deserves an entire book!
Probably also The Mythical Man Month by Fred Brooks.
Gödel, Escher, Bach: an eternal golden braid (Douglas Hofstadter) should be part of your background reading material too.
2 more books you might think of reading:
Computers and Society by Richard Hamming
(1972). Computers and Society. New York: McGraw-Hill. IBSN 0070285937. https://archive.org/details/computerssociety0000hamm
The Real World of Technology by Ursula Franklin
1992 The Real World of Technology. (CBC Massey lectures series.) Concord, ON: House of Anansi Press ISBN 0-88784-531-2. https://archive.org/details/realworldoftechn0000fran_u9w8/
Recordings of Franklin's lectures the book is based are also available: https://archive.org/details/the-real-world-of-technology
Congratulations, sounds like an awesome project. As the meme goes, "Shut up and take my money!"
Congrats Sam, looking forward to read it! Enjoy the writing journey :)
Samuel, I love the sound of this book. It is the kind of book I would actually buy for money, even if I didn’t know the author. And there can be no higher praise for a book concept! Best of luck with it.
Sounds super cool. Good luck!
Looking forward to the book!
I'd highly recommend exploring Christopher M. Kelty's work, particularly Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (https://twobits.net/). It's a great look at the how programming also reoriented and organized our ways of working and being together through a model of open source software development and community.