Books

Books that I have read since August 2014.

Starting from August 2014, I have decided to keep a record of the books that I have read or am currently reading. This list is just for my own personal recollection, but once in a while if I find the book very appealing I may post a review somewhere.

The books which are marked with a ** are the ones that I am either currently reading or have not read completely but plan to do so in the future.

All the books that I read are rated on Goodreads.

Non-Fiction

  1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot, Pan Macmillan, 2011. (review)
  2. Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolution, John Gribbin, Transworld, 2013.
  3. A masterful spirit: Homi J. Bhaba (1909 – 1966), Indira Chowdhury and Ananya Dasgupta, Penguin India, 2010.
  4. Littlewood’s Miscellany, John E. Littlewood and Bela Bollobas, Cambridge University Press, 1986. (review)
  5. Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate – Covered Pi, and other cool bits of Computing, Tim Chartier, Princeton University Press, 2014. (review)
  6. Letters to a Young Scientist, Edward O. Wilson, W. W. Norton and Company, 2013.
  7. Feynman’s Rainbow: A search for Beauty in Physics and Life, Leonard Mlodinow, Warner Books, 2003.
  8. Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition, Sara Turing, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  9. what if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Randall Munroe, John Murray (Publishers), 2014. (mini review)
  10. ** “Most of the Good Stuff”: Memories of Richard Feynman, Laurie M. Brown (ed.) and John S. Rigden (ed.), American Institute of Physics, 1993.
  11. The Art of Richard P. Feynman: Images of a Curious Character, Michelle Feynman (ed.), Routledge, 1995.
  12. ** John von Neumann: Selected Letters, Miklos Redei (ed.), American Mathematical Society/London Mathematical Society, 2005.
  13. The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician, Andre Weil, Brikhauser, 1992. (mini review)
  14. Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman’s Last Journey, Ralph Leighton, W. W. Norton and Company, 1991.
  15. Bourbaki: A Secret Society of Mathematicians, Maurice Mashaal, American Mathematical Society, 2006. (review)
  16. The Polya Picture Album: Encounters of a Mathematician, George Polya (Ed. G. L. Alexanderson), Brikhauser Boston, 1987.
  17. Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, Cedric Villani, The Bodley Head, London, 2015. (review)
  18. Mathematical Apocrypha Redux: More Stories and Anecdotes of Mathematicians and the Mathematical, Steven G. Krantz, Mathematical Association of America, 2005. (short review)
  19. Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, Mario Livio, Simon and Schuster, 2013. (review)
  20. Mrs. Funnybones: She’s Just Like You and a Lot Like Me, Twinkle Khanna, Penguin India, 2015. (review)
  21. The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, Jon Gertner, Penguin Press, 2012. (review)
  22. My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count, Ken Ono and Amir D. Aczel, Springer Switzerland, 2016. (review)
  23. A Mathematician’s Lament, Paul Lockhart, Bellevue Literary Press, 2009.
  24. In Other Words, Jhumpa Lahiri, Hamish Hamilton (Penguin), 2016.
  25. Black Holes: The Reith Lectures, Stephen Hawking, Bantam Books, 2016.
  26. Man’s Search For Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl, Beacon Press, 2006.
  27. The Difference: when good enough isn’t enough, Subir Chowdhury, Portfolio (Penguin), 2017.
  28. The Clothing of Books, Jhumpa Lahiri, Penguin, 2017.
  29. The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs and the Search for the Ultimate Equation, Hannah Fry, Ted Books, 2015.
  30. Landour Days, Ruskin Bond, Penguin Books, 2016.
  31. The Last Lecture: lessons in living, Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow, Two Roads, 2012.
  32. Roads to Mussoorie, Ruskin Bond, Rupa Publications India, 2013.
  33. Party time in Mussoorie, Ruskin Bond, Rupa Publications India, 2016.
  34. Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond, William Dalrymple and Anita Anand, Juggernaut Books, 2016.
  35. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi, William Dalrymple, Flamingo, 1994.
  36. The Great Derangement, Amitav Ghosh, Allen Lane (Penguin), 2016.
  37. Useless Facts Vienna, StadtBekannt Wien, Holzbaum Verlag, 2014.
  38. Eurekas and Euphorias: The Oxford Book of Scientific Anecdotes, Walter Gratzer, Oxford University Press, 2002.
  39. The Accidental Scientist: The Role of Chance and Luck in Scientific Discovery, Graeme Donald, Michael O’Mara Books Limited, 2017.
  40. Secret Vienna Stories: Legends, facts and locations for the true explorer, Fabio M. Aromatici, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
  41. Journey Down the Years, Ruskin Bond, Rupa Publications India, 2017.
  42. The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous, Khuswant Singh with Humar Quarishi, Rupa Publications India, 2013.
  43. Pursuit of Genius: Flexner, Eisntein and the Early Faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study, Steven L. Batterson, A. K. Peters, Ltd., 2006.
  44. Is That Even A Country, Sir!: Journeys in Northeast India by Train, Bus and Tractor, Anil Yadav (Translated by Anurag Basnet), Speaking Tiger, 2017.
  45. Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister, Sagarika Ghose, Juggernaut Books, 2017.
  46. Aurangzeb: The Man and The Myth, Audrey Truschke, Penguin Viking, 2017.
  47. Vikram Sarabhai: A Life, Amrita Shah, Penguin India, 2016.
  48. Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science, Karl Sigmund, Basic Books, 2017.
  49. Perpetual City: A Short Biography of Delhi, Malvika Singh, Aleph, 2013.
  50. Death in the Bunker, Ian Kershaw, Penguin Books, 2000.
  51. Scenes from a Writer’s Life, Ruskin Bond, Penguin India, 1997.
  52. Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India, William Dalrymple, Bloomsbury, 2015.
  53. Mathematicians of the World, Unite!: The International Congress of Mathematicians – A Human Endeavor, Guillermo P. Curbera, A. K. Peters, Ltd., 2009.
  54. Variety of Men, C. P. Snow, Penguin Books, 1969.
  55. The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters, William Dalrymple, Bloomsbury, 2017.
  56. The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge, Abraham Flexner (with a companion essay by Robbert Dijkgraaf), Princeton University Press, 2017.
  57. Wise and Otherwise: A Salute to Life, Sudha Murty, Penguin Books, 2006.
  58. Cranks, Quarks, and the Cosmos, Jeremy Bernstein, Basic Books, 1993.
  59. ** The Quotable Feynman, Michelle Feynman (ed.), Princeton University Press, 2015.
  60. Growing the Tree of Science: Homi Bhabha and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indira Chowdhury, Oxford University Press, 2016.
  61. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA, James D. Watson, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997.
  62. What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery, Francis Crick, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989.
  63. Academia Obscura: The hidden silly side of higher education, Glen Wright, Unbound, 2017.
  64. No Full Stops in India, Mark Tully, Penguin Books, 1992.
  65. Vienna Mixed Set, T. H. Enge, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018.
  66. What Little I Remember, Otto Frisch, Cambridge University Press, 1991.
  67. Strangers of the Mist: Tales of War and Peace from India’s Northeast, Sanjoy Hazarika, Penguin Books, 1995.
  68. Strangers No More: New Narratives from India’s Northeast, Sanjoy Hazarika, Aleph Book Company, 2018.
  69. Blood On My Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters, Kishalay Bhattacharjee, HarperCollins Publishers India, 2015.
  70. ** The G. H. Hardy Reader, Donald J. Albers (ed.), Gerald L. Alexanderson (ed.) and William Dunham (ed.), Mathematical Association of America – Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  71. ** The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks, Picador, 2011.
  72. ** India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond, Shashi Tharoor, Penguin Books, 2007.
  73. ** The Fall of Yugoslavia, Misha Glenny, Penguin Books, 1996.
  74. ** Indiscrete Thoughts, Gian-Carlo Rota (Edited by Fabrizio Palombi), Birkhauser Boston, 1997.
  75. The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, Sanjaya Baru, Penguin Books, 2017.
  76. The Merely Personal: Observations on Science and Scientists, Jeremy Bernstein, Ivan R. Dee, 2001.
  77. The Life It Brings: One Physicist’s Beginnings, Jeremy Bernstein, Penguin Books, 1988.
  78. Who Got Einstein’s Office?: Eccentricity and Genius at the Institute for Advanced Study, Ed Regis, Simon and Schuster, 1988.

Fiction

  1. Half Girlfriend, Chetan Bhagat, Rupa, 2014. (review)
  2. Dead Meat, Ankush Saikia, Penguin India, 2015. (review)
  3. Mightier Than The Sword, Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2015. (review)
  4. All My Friends are Superheroes, Andrew Kaufman, Telegram Books, 2006. (review)
  5. Scion of Ikshvaku, Amish Tripathi, Westland Books, 2015. (review)
  6. Cometh The Hour, Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2016.
  7. Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story, Richard Bach, Element, 2003.
  8. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin A. Abbott, Penguin Books, 1998.
  9. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture: A Novel of Mathematical Obsession, Apostolos Doxiadis, Bloomsbury USA, 2010.
  10. The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
  11. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid, Penguin Books, 2007.
  12. Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story, The Complete Edition, Richard Bach, Harper Thorsons, 2015.
  13. One Indian Girl, Chetan Bhagat, Rupa, 2016.
  14. This was a Man, Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2016.
  15. Remember Death, Ankush Saikia, Penguin India, 2016. (review)
  16. The Vegetarian, Han Kang (Tranlated by Deborah Smith), Portobello Books, 2016.
  17. Strangers, Omair Tarique, Moments Publications, 2017.
  18. Falling in love again: Stories of Love and Romance, Ruskin Bond, Rupa, 2016.
  19. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Om Books International, 2016.
  20. Revelations of an Imperfect Life, Sankhya Samhita, Readomania, 2017.
  21. The Pregnant King, Devdutt Pattanaik, Penguin Books India, 2008.
  22. Red River, Blue Hills, Ankush Saikia, Westland ltd., 2015.
  23. The Girl from Nongrim Hills, Ankush Saikia, Penguin India, 2013.
  24. The Outsider, Albert Camus (Translated by Sandra Smith), Penguin Classics, 2013.
  25. The Tobacconist, Robert Seethaler (Translated by Charlotte Collins), Picador, 2017.
  26. No Direction Rome, Kaushik Barua, Fourth Estate, 2015.
  27. The Spy, Paulo Coelho (Translated by Zoë Perry), Vintage, 2016.
  28. Tell Tale, Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2017.
  29. Chess, Stefan Zweig (Translated by Anthea Bell), Penguin Classics, 2017.
  30. More Bodies Will Fall, Ankush Saikia, Penguin Books, 2018.
  31. Twilight in Delhi, Ahmed Ali, Rupa, 2017.
  32. ** A Horse Walks into a Bar, David Grossman (Translated by Jessica Cohen), Jonathan Cape, 2016.
  33. ** The Old Man and The Sea, Ernest Hemingway, Arrow Books, 2004.
  34. Heads You Win, Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2018.

Graphic Books

  1. Feynman, Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick, First Second, New York, 2011. (review)
  2. All my friends are still dead, Avery Monsen and Jory John, Chronicle Books, 2012.
  3. All my friends are dead, Avery Monsen and Jory John, Chronicle Books, 2010.
  4. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth, Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou (Art by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna), Bloomsbury, 2009.
  5. Peanuts: The misfortunes of Charlie Brown, Charles M. Schulz, Hodder and Stoughton, 1978.
  6. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb, Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Hill and Wang, 2013.
  7. A boy named Charlie Brown, Charles M. Schulz, Brockhampton Press, 1970.
  8. The New Yorker 1950-1955 Album, Hamish Hamilton, 1955.
  9. Masters of Abstraction, Peter Badge, Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, 2015.
  10. Tragidoodles, Ben Cameron, Unbound, 2016.

Poetry

  1. Away from Shore, Mary McCormack Deka, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
  2. ** The Eve of St Agnes, John Keats, Penguin Books, 2015.