I have seen the old Frank Sinatra movie that my wife is watching so I decided to read tonight. I still appreciate my rather large personal library because physical books, journals, and reprints are more fun to read than balancing a laptop. That said, I thought that it would be interesting to share some of my favorite links to classic computer science texts and papers:
- Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs is arguably the best single text book
- Original ‘Lambda Papers’ by Guy Steele and Gerald Sussman
- General reading on Kolmogorov Complexity; for example: 1 2
This is just a sampling taken from my bookmarks. The ACM has a program to make classic texts available. Other must-study ‘classics’ like “Introduction to Algorithms” (Cormen, et. al.) are still too new (first edition 1991) to be freely available.
I find it interesting to re-read material that I used many years ago – you get a different take on papers and texts after years of experience, making them interesting in new ways.