Harry Lewis is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He is the author of six books and numerous articles on various aspects of computer science. He is the author of Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future, and the coauthor of Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion, which explores the origins and public consequences of the explosion of digital information.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce

“Beautiful artwork inspiring youthful disobedience.”

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The Origin of Species

Charles Darwin

“The masterwork of dignified, rational, unconventional thinking.”

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The Castle

Franz Kafka

“Good reading for anyone who will ever have to deal with a bureaucracy (that is, for everyone).”

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Philosophical Investigations

Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Thinking better by being skeptical about language.”

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Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The inescapability of human conscience.”

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1984

George Orwell

“Still a dystopia we should worry about.”

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Slaughterhouse Five

Kurt Vonnegut

“Every list like this should include at least one book about war, and this one is short, absurd, and sometimes banned.”

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