Initial Draft

In this article: I strive to become an intellectual giant. I must build a foundation in mathematics and computation; read classics in literature; become a polyglot; learn to draw; and learn music theory and composition. This outlines how I plan to fit all of that into a single lifetime.

It is mainly a list of books right now, but I plan to add dated milestones as I gain clarity. I welcome sage advice.

Edit 2014-09-16: I think I need to turn this list into a gist. Until then, consider the following text antediluvian.

I wish to become an intellectual giant. In my mind this means I must build a solid foundation in mathematics and science; read classics in literature; become a polyglot; learn to draw; and learn music theory and composition.

Fitting this all into a single lifetime requires tremendous effort. I don’t know exactly how it will happen, but to draft a plan I will start with what I do know: books. I always find myself amazed by how much I learn when I write what I read, review what I write, and work a book’s exercises.

This document presents books I must read by 2030. This is an early draft and I plea for your wisdom if you have suggestions for my quest.

Several of the math books I chose by reading the following Amazon lists:

Disclosure: My links to Amazon books are affiliate links.

Check my Goodreads periodically and castigate me if I am straying from this list.

Mathematics

Logic

Calculus and Analysis

Algebra

h2 id="probability-and-statistics" >Probability and Statistics

Number Theory

Set Theory

Culture

Computer Science

Algorithms and Theory of Computation

Programming Language Theory

Programming and Software Engineering

Systems

Information Theory

Culture

Language

Japanese

Art

Music

Fiction

Classics

Modern

SF and Fantasy

Published: 2010-01-03
Edited: 2010-01-06 · 2010-04-11 · 2011-06-26 · 2014-09-16