Really, really, really good non-fiction books
June 27, 2007 11:46 AM Subscribe
Few books have given me as much sheer joy as Bringhurst's "The Elements of Typographic Style". Tufte's "Visual Explanations" is also up there in terms of content and presentation. What other exceedingly well researched, written and designed non-fiction books would you recommend for somebody interested in Design, Architecture, Programming, Information Visualization, Maps, Math, Music and Science?
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This is based on the observation that novels just don't impress me as much as they once did, whereas a well executed non-fiction book grips me the way Banks and Borges used to.
I'm not looking for "not so well written or designed, but still interesting", but rather books that fill you with joy as soon as you crack open a page. The topics are a bit broad on purpose, as it's more the quality of the book than the topic that interests me.