The Quantum Pontiff

Help Rod With His Summer Reading

Rod Van Meter is in search of some summer reading:

I’m feeling the need to recharge my store of ideas, and I have the
nagging feeling that my lack of currency in a bunch of fields is
causing me to miss some connections I could use in my own research.

So, I’m looking for a reading list of, say, the one hundred most
important papers of the decade. It doesn’t have to be an even
hundred, but I’m looking for a good summer’s reading. (Given that
it’s mid-2009, now would be a good time to start composing such a list
anyway, depending on where you want to place the “decade” boundary.)

I want these papers to cover *ALL* fields of computer science and
engineering; I am by nature catholic in my reading.

Head over to his site and help out with your favorite gem of CS/engineering!


  1. #1 John Sidles
    July 29, 2009

    I posted my summer reading list to his account … and thus far, am the only one to have done so … maybe everyone is living exclusively on the blog-sphere? :)

  2. #2 Rod
    July 29, 2009

    Thanks for the plug, Dave.

    Thanks for the suggestion, John, definitely a topic I wouldn’t have found otherwise! Jim’s automata suggestion is also intriguing, and I would *never* have found the reader’s guide, with its indirect reference to the title.

    (A list of the “post-Mike&Ike Fifty”, fifty papers for my students to read after Mike & Ike, is another project on my list, but that’s for another day…)

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