The Exhaustive Reading List by Chris Crawford

During his lecture at the ‘Designing for Children’ seminar at IDC, game designer Chris Crawford gave us his must-read list. The list is exhaustive and he admits that some of these books are close to impossible to find now, but there is no harm in trying, right? 🙂


1. The Way Things Work by David Macaulay

1. Genesis on Planet Earth by William Day
2. At Home in the Universe by Stuart Kauffman

1. Anything (Hens’ Teeth and Horses’ Toes) by Steven Jay Gould

2. The Mating Mind by Geoffrey F. Miller

Cognitive Science
1. Kluge: the Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind by Gary Marcus

2. The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker

1. The Economist News Magazine

Military History
1. A History of Warfare by John Keegan

2. Strategy by B. H. Liddell Hart

1. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal

2. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of English Language by David Crystal

3. The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker

4. The Alphabet Effect by Robert K. Logan

Technology and History
1. Connections by James Burke

1. Homo Ludens by Jihan Huizinga

1. The Story of Law by John Maxcy Zane

1. Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

2. Visual Explanations by Edward R. Tufte


Comment 1

  1. Robert K. Logan February 22, 2010

    I am honoured to have had my book The Alphabet Effect included in the linguistics list. I thought I would mention that the Alphabet Effect is available in a second edition on Amazon and other online booksites. You might also enjoy The Extended Mind: The Emergence of Language, the Human Mind and Culture published by U of Toronto Press – 2007.

    Bob Logan

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