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arisbe__ · 2021-12-11 · Original thread
Also 3 more "easy overview" type books:

The New Turing Omnibus by A K Dewdney (

The Society of Mind by Marvin Minsky (

Creating Mind: How the Brain Works by John E Dowling (

Protostome · 2019-08-18 · Original thread
The New Turing Omnibus: Sixty-Six Excursions in Computer Science
amberj · 2016-10-09 · Original thread
I would recommend "The New Turing Omnibus" book by A.K. Dewdney:

Jeff Atwood aka CodingHorror (of Stackoverflow and Discourse fame) recommended this book strongly in this post titled "Practicing the Fundamentals: The New Turing Omnibus ":

tonyonodi · 2016-05-09 · Original thread
I'm a programmer without a computer science degree and I'm quite aware that CS is a bit of a blind spot for me so I've tried to read up to rectify this a little.

I found The New Turing Omnibus[1] to give a really nice overview of a bunch of topics, some chapters were a lot harder to follow than others but I got a lot from it.

Code by Charles Petzold[2] is a book I recommend to anyone who stays still long enough; it's a brilliant explanation of how computers work.

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP)[3] comes up all the time when this kind of question is asked and for good reason; it's definitely my favourite CS/programming book, and it's available for free online[4].

I'm still a long way off having the kind of education someone with a CS degree would have but those are my recommendations. I'd love to hear the views of someone more knowledgable.

[1] [2] [3] [4]

This should be on this list single best technical book I have ever read.

Also, if you ever need to give a gift,

tokenadult · 2013-01-12 · Original thread
The book Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing doesn't read like a textbook to me, and it's quite interesting.

The New Turing Omnibus

is also good, as is Code by Charles Petzold.

AFTER EDIT: While I thought about the first three books I mentioned, I thought of another, Write Great Code, Volume 1: Understanding the Machine by Randall Hyde.

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