At age 9, David Dalrymple joined Ray Kurzweil as a speaker at TED. He earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and math at age 13 and at age 14, he was the youngest person ever to enroll in an MIT graduate program, at the MIT Media Lab. David is currently studying for a PhD in Biophysics at Harvard University.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

“It’s practically a cliche in this context, but it is the obvious choice.”

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The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

by Ray Kurzweil

“I may be biased – Ray was my mentor – but I still think this is the best book about the future.”

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Probability Theory: The Logic of Science, by E. T. Jaynes

Probability Theory: The Logic of Science

by E. T. Jaynes

“Half textbook and half philosophical manifesto, in my opinion it should be required reading for every scientist or experimenter.”

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Life Itself: A Comprehensive Inquiry into the Nature, Origin, and Fabrication of Life , by Robert Rosen

Life Itself: A Comprehensive Inquiry into the Nature, Origin, and Fabrication of Life

by Robert Rosen

“Lately one of my favorite thinkers, Rosen’s rare breed of mathematical biology sheds light on the limitations of today’s scientific methods in addressing basic questions about life.”

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The Society of Mind, by Marvin Minsky

The Society of Mind

by Marvin Minsky

“There are many good ideas on every page, but the fundamental concept of minds as collections of semi-independent agents is very powerful.”

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QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, by Richard P. Feynman

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

by Richard P. Feynman

“Arguably the most accessible complete exposition of a fundamental physical theory ever written.”

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Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

Anathem

by Neal Stephenson

“Both my favorite work of science fiction and a highly accessible explanation of the neo-Platonist multiverse.”

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