Eric S. Maskin is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He received the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (with L. Hurwicz and R. Myerson) for laying the foundations of mechanism design theory. He also has made contributions to game theory, contract theory, social choice theory, political economy, and other areas of economics.

Social Choice and Individual Values

Social Choice and Individual Values

by Kenneth J. Arrow

“An extremely original book that started the modern theory of voting.”

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Games and Decisions

Games and Decisions

by R. Duncan Luce & Howard Raiffa

“Over 50 years old but still a superb introduction to game theory.”

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A Mathematician's Apology

A Mathematician’s Apology

by G. H. Hardy

“An enjoyable memoir and a compelling defense of pursuing knowledge for its own sake.”

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The Origin Of Species

The Origin Of Species

by Charles Darwin

“The magnum opus in science—and a pleasure to read.”

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The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

by Aeschylus

“A powerful story about a dreadful family.”

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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

“My introduction to Shakespeare in high school—and a play I still like returning to.”

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The Magus

The Magus

by John Fowles

“A strange and evocative story that I read as an impressionable college student.”

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The Masters

The Masters

by C.P. Snow

“A subtle academic novel that inspired me to go to Cambridge on a post-doc.”

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Amsterdam: A Novel

Amsterdam: A Novel

by Ian McEwan

“Among contemporary novelists, McEwan may be my favorite, even though his characters are often pretty nasty—they certainly are in this story.”

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The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe

The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe

by Steven Weinberg

“A wonderful exposition of how much can be inferred about the early universe from just a few basic principles.”

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