Paul Graham

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Paul Graham

Paul Graham is an English-born American computer scientist, essayist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author. He is best known for his work on the programming language Lisp, his former startup Viaweb, cofounding the influential startup accelerator and seed capital firm Y Combinator, his blog, and Hacker News.
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Blankie

Blankie

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The Persian Expedition

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Flying Start

Flying Start

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An Autobiography of Anthony Trollope

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On Bullshit

On Bullshit

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The Extension of Man

The Extension of Man

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Fauna & Family

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A Story Lately Told

A Story Lately Told

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Memoirs of My Life

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The Lives of the Artists

The Lives of the Artists

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Life in the English Country House

Life in the English Country House

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The World We Have Lost

The World We Have Lost

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From Galileo to Newton

From Galileo to Newton

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Memoirs or Chronicle of the Fourth Crusade and the Conquest of Constantinople

Memoirs or Chronicle of the Fourth Crusade and the Conquest of Constantinople

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The Gallic Wars

The Gallic Wars

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Concorde: The Inside Story

Concorde: The Inside Story

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Civilisation

Civilisation

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Moab Is My Washpot

Moab Is My Washpot

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Harry Potter

Harry Potter

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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The Gun Seller

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Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy

Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy

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Medieval Technology and Social Change

Medieval Technology and Social Change

Lynn White

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Fall of Constantinople

Fall of Constantinople

Steven Runciman

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The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Robert Heinlein

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Diocletian and the Roman Recovery

Diocletian and the Roman Recovery

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Maisy Mouse Collection

Maisy Mouse Collection

Lucy Cousins

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My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

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A History of Rome

A History of Rome

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Good Night, Little Bear

Good Night, Little Bear

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The German Generals Talk

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Hackers and Painters

Hackers and Painters

Paul Graham

We are living in the computer age, in a world increasingly designed and engineered by computer programmers and software designers, by people who call themselves hackers. Who are these people, what motivates them, and why should you care?

Consider these facts: Everything around us is turning into computers. Your typewriter is gone, replaced by a computer. Your phone has turned into a computer. So has your camera. Soon your TV will. Your car was not only designed on computers, but has more processing power in it than a room-sized mainframe did in 1970. Letters, encyclopedias, newspapers, and even your local store are being replaced by the Internet.

Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, by Paul Graham, explains this world and the motivations of the people who occupy it. In clear, thoughtful prose that draws on illuminating historical examples, Graham takes readers on an unflinching exploration into what he calls "an intellectual Wild West."

The ideas discussed in this book will have a powerful and lasting impact on how we think, how we work, how we develop technology, and how we live. Topics include the importance of beauty in software design, how to make wealth, heresy and free speech, the programming language renaissance, the open-source movement, digital design, internet startups, and more.

ANSI Common Lisp

ANSI Common Lisp

Paul Graham

Teaching users new and more powerful ways of thinking about programs, this two-in-one text contains a tutorial—full of examples—that explains all the essential concepts of Lisp programming, plus an up-to-date summary of ANSI Common Lisp, listing every operator in the language.

Informative and fun, it gives users everything they need to start writing programs in Lisp both efficiently and effectively, and highlights such innovative Lisp features as automatic memory management, manifest typing, closures, and more.

Dividing material into two parts, the tutorial half of the book covers subject-by-subject the essential core of Common Lisp, and sums up lessons of preceding chapters in two examples of real applications: a backward-chainer, and an embedded language for object-oriented programming.

Consisting of three appendices, the summary half of the book gives source code for a selection of widely used Common Lisp operators, with definitions that offer a comprehensive explanation of the language and provide a rich source of real examples; summarizes some differences between ANSI Common Lisp and Common Lisp as it was originally defined in 1984; and contains a concise description of every function, macro, and special operator in ANSI Common Lisp. The book concludes with a section of notes containing clarifications, references, and additional code.

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