Books

Listed below are all the books I remember reading and which are worth mentioning here. I tried to quickly outline them and give recommendations for people who might be interested in reading them. This list is by far not complete neither will it ever be. The links to the books are affiliate links.

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#computerscience

Distributed Systems

M. van Steen & A. S. Tanenbaum

2021

Provides very good background knowledge and basic principles of distributed computer systems. Covers many topics including general advice and paradigms which suit every distributed system.

Recommendet for

People who'd like to get familiar with distributed architectures from the ground up. Many samples and real-world distributed system organizations alongside sample code in Python.

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#computerscience #security

Serious Cryptography

Jean-Philippe Aumasson

2021

How are crypto-algorithms designed and how does the math behind it work? Why is RSA easy to understand (the basic principles) and hard to implement? This book gives you everything you need to know about cryptogarphy.

Recommendet for

Advisable for any people who work in IT and are likely to design and implement secure systems. Useful for any Dev and Ops who care about security and want to understand it's principles and origins.

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#biography #mountaineering

Über Leben

Reinhold Messner

2021

In his book, Reinhold Messner describes his way of living and his personal view of crucial things for alpinism. He also shares much of his life experience and his background.

Recommendet for

For people who like adventures and beeing in the mountains as I do.

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#science #history

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

2020

In his book, Harari talks about how humankind developed into what it is today - and above all why. The author clarifies things that most people think they already know. He talks about how religions, societies and capitalism evolved (just to name a few).

Recommendet for

The book opened my eyes in many ways and showed one thing above all: life is never fair and it doesn't always get easier. I recommend it for everyone who believes one can learn from history.

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#science #physics

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Neil de Grasse Tyson

2020

Covers everything that has something to do with astrophysics. Clearly formulated and made understandable for everyone without a lot of physics background. Covers a very diverse field of topics in a short way.

Recommendet for

Another must-read for any astropysics enthusiast! Maybe the quickest introduction into all fields of astrophysics - dark energy, dark matter, time and origin of the universe.

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#biography

Permanent Record

Edward Snowden

2020

The exposer of the US mass surveillance program talks about the intelligence community and how he helped to set this system up and destroy it afterwards when it became too big.

Recommendet for

People who think that if one has nothing to hide, and mass surveillance is therefore not a problem.

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#finance

The Intelligent Investor

Benjamin Graham

2020

The most successful book on value investing written by Benjamin Graham, who's student Warren Buffet was. Published the first time in 1949 but nevertheless a standard reference for long-term private investors.

Recommendet for

Everyone who is looking forward to take care of his financials and is willing to invest at the Wall Street.

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#psychology

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg

2019

This book discusses the origins of habits and why they work the way they do. It also explains how to get rid of bad habits and build new ones. It shows why they are an important part of every person, society and business.

Recommendet for

For anyone who wants to understand and build or break habits. Good for filling the mind with habits to create the best version of yourself.

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#science #physics

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Stephen Hawking

2018

In his post-mortem book, Stehpen Hawking addresses ten difficult questions from 'Is There a God?' up to 'How do we shape the Future?'. Though questions and tougher answers.

Recommendet for

His enthusiasm about science and solving humanity's biggest problem is clearly astonishing and therefore a must-read for every science person out here.

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#computerscience #programming

The Go Programming Language

Alan A. A. Donovan

2018

The standard reference and swiss-army knife for every Go programmer. Goes form zero to hero and covers every topic including background knowledge. In addition, it shows how to solve real-world problems with Go.

Recommendet for

For developers who at least know a higher-level language and want to learn Go. Does not require any prior Golang knowledge.

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#science #physics

A Brief History Of Time

Stephen Hawking

2017

One of the smartest scientists explains the most complex topics of modern physics in a relatively simple way. In addition to explaining the universe and its origins, Stephen Hawking also does not hesitate to reveal all the theories behind it.

Recommendet for

A must-read for any astropysics enthusiast! It really made my craving for knowledge explode, since it was the first book about science I've ever read.

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