Alan Kays Reading List

I first met AlanKay in 1991 and then briefly but every 3 months for a 3-4 years thereafter at Vanguard conferences. Alan is a true polymath and has a personal library of 5000 books. Each time I met him I asked him for another book recommendation. Clearly others were doing the same. Eventually he responded to the pressure and produced the following 'beginners reading list' which he sent to several of us. I cherish the list. There are some wonderfully funny comments in the list e.g. 'Plato (any etc.)'. -- RichardPawson

(Also maintained on Squeakland: http://www.squeakland.org/resources/books/readingList.jsp)

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA

MarshallMcLuhan (any of his books) PeterDrucker (any of his books) Neil Postman (any of his books) LewisMumford (any of his books) LEARNING & CREATIVITY

Jean Piaget (any of his books) Jerome Bruner (any of his books) Lev Vygotsky (any of his books) EdwardDeBono (any of his books) Frank Smith (any of his books) John Holt (any of his books) Tim Gallwey (any of his books) Shinichi Suzuki (any of his books) Maria Montessori (any of her books) SeymourPapert John Dewey (any of his books) Arthur Koestler (any of his books) ANTHROPOLOGY & PSYCHOLOGY

JosephCampbell (any of his books) Derek Bickerton (any of his books) Silvia Scribner & Mike Cole (gets technical) Julian Jaynes Clifford Geertz (any of his books) Mihaly Csikszenmihalyi (any of his books) Robert Ornstein & Paul Ehrlich (any of their books) Charles Hampton-Turner Carl Jung (any of his books) MarvinMinsky (any of his books) Anthony Stevens PHILOSOPHY

Plato (any etc) [MrPlato] BertrandRussell (any of his books) Richard Tarnas Jacob Bronowski (any of his books) Mary Midgley Hannah Arendt Korzybski VannevarBush Mark Booth (ed) "Great books" Mortimer Adler Lao-tzu [LaoTse] D.T. Suzuki (any of his books) ART & PERCEPTION

Kenneth Clark (any of his books) Ernst Gombrich (any of his books) Richard Gregory (any of his books) Rudolf Arnheim (any of his books) DESIGN

ChristopherAlexander (any of his books) Grosser Valentino Braitenberg W. Gray Walter EdwardTufte SCIENCE

David Goodsell Philip Morrison (any of his books) Niko Tinbergen (any of his books) L. C. Epstein EricDrexler RichardDawkins (any of his books) Evert RichardFeynman (semitechnical) Leon Lederman (semitechnical) James Watson POLITICAL

Daniel Boorstin (any of his books on any subject) Madison, et.al, Ralph Ketcham (ed) Tom Paine Benjamin Barber COMPUTERS (most of the good stuff is still in papers, here are a few books)

DougLenat JohnMcCarthy MarvinMinsky (any of his books) NicholasNegroponte

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