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1974Cargo Cult Science (calteches.library.caltech.edu)
409 points across 3 posts | 5 annotations | 1 year ago with 69 comments
1971Weird-Looking Freak Saves Apollo 14 (rollingstone.com)
382 points | 2 years ago with 111 comments
1972Ignition: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants (library.sciencemadness.org)
382 points across 4 posts | 2 years ago with 34 comments
1975Philip K. Dick: A Visionary Among the Charlatans (depauw.edu)
369 points across 3 posts | 1 year ago with 101 comments
1979History of Lisp (jmc.stanford.edu)
352 points across 3 posts | 8 months ago with 23 comments
1972The Charles Mingus CAT-alog (charlesmingus.com)
299 points | 5 months ago with 141 comments
1971A Short Introduction to the Art of Programming (cs.utexas.edu)
296 points | 4 years ago with 41 comments
1973A Parable by Dijkstra (cs.utexas.edu)
296 points | 3 years ago with 102 comments
1978How to build a universe that doesn’t fall apart two days later (urbigenous.net)
286 points across 2 posts | 4 annotations | 8 months ago with 51 comments
1977The CIA and the Media (carlbernstein.com)
274 points | 6 months ago with 152 comments
1978The Theory of Interstellar Trade (fermatslibrary.com)
267 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 103 comments
1979Notation as a Tool of Thought (jsoftware.com)
263 points across 3 posts | 3 years ago with 5 comments
1976The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (en.wikipedia.org)
255 points | 11 months ago with 158 comments
1978Microsoft BASIC for 6502 – Original Source Code (pagetable.com)
250 points | 7 years ago with 70 comments
1979BYTE Magazine's Lisp issue (ia902603.us.archive.org)
250 points | 4 years ago with 151 comments
1979Letters between Backus and Dijkstra (medium.com)
237 points | 6 years ago with 122 comments
1970The Tyranny of Structurelessness (jofreeman.com)
232 points across 3 posts | 1 year ago with 19 comments
1975Ex‐FBI operative says he worked to disrupt political activities up to '74 (nytimes.com)
232 points | 1 year ago with 164 comments
1971Elementary Algebra (softwarepreservation.org)
224 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 4 comments
1978Connections by James Burke (topdocumentaryfilms.com)
218 points | 1 year ago with 80 comments
1970The Tyranny of Structurelessness (bopsecrets.org)
216 points | 8 years ago with 120 comments
1974Richard Feynman: Cargo Cult Science (neurotheory.columbia.edu)
212 points | 8 years ago with 62 comments
1974Knuth: Computer Programming as an Art (paulgraham.com)
208 points | 6 years ago with 104 comments
1979Notation as a Tool of Thought (eecg.toronto.edu)
208 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 13 comments
1970Every good regulator of a system must be a model of that system (pespmc1.vub.ac.be)
202 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 31 comments
1977Can Programming Be Liberated From The Von Neumann Style? (worrydream.com)
202 points | 5 years ago with 175 comments
1970Deschooling Society (davidtinapple.com)
201 points | 1 year ago with 195 comments
1979Photos at Microsoft Corp (sound-photo.com)
200 points | 6 years ago with 83 comments
1970How to write Mathematics (math.utah.edu)
199 points | 4 years ago with 14 comments
1975Billiards Is a Good Game (mag.uchicago.edu)
198 points | 2 years ago with 60 comments
1979Land without Plea Bargaining: How the Germans Do It (digitalcommons.law.yale.edu)
192 points | 9 years ago with 45 comments
1979Byte Magazine – LISP (archive.org)
187 points | 3 years ago with 67 comments
1974Bill Gates Resume (image.cnbcfm.com)
183 points | 2 years ago with 130 comments
1975Everything I Know: Buckminster Fuller (bfi.org)
183 points | 1 year ago with 16 comments
1970Soviet College Admission — My Dad's Story (ivolo.me)
178 points | 9 years ago with 124 comments
1977Can Programming Be Liberated from the von Neumann Style? (thocp.net)
177 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 32 comments
1972Spacewar: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums (wheels.org)
175 points across 3 posts | 5 annotations | 4 years ago with 35 comments
1979On the foolishness of “natural language programming” (cs.utexas.edu)
170 points | 1 year ago with 121 comments
1978Can programming be liberated from the von Neumann style? (dl.acm.org)
169 points | 1 year ago with 129 comments
1977Jorge Luis Borges Interview (denisdutton.com)
167 points | 3 years ago with 20 comments
1976Basic Laws of Human Stupidity (zoon.cc)
166 points | 4 years ago with 88 comments
1977A Commentary on the Sixth Edition Unix Operating System (warsus.github.io)
164 points across 2 posts | 1 month ago with 1 comments
1972HAKMEM (inwap.com)
160 points across 2 posts | 1 annotation | 4 years ago with 28 comments
1971Newly discovered earliest draft of a Unix manual (tuhs.org)
158 points | 6 years ago with 40 comments
1977Kurt Vonnegut, The Art of Fiction No. 64 (theparisreview.org)
156 points across 2 posts | 1 annotation | 1 year ago with 15 comments
1978An Introduction to the EMACS Editor (dspace.mit.edu)
154 points | 3 years ago with 81 comments
1977How to Write a Thesis (thereader.mitpress.mit.edu)
153 points | 2 years ago with 22 comments
1979'Too negative ': Welsh seaside images (theguardian.com)
152 points | 1 year ago with 70 comments
1972The Humble Programmer (cs.utexas.edu)
150 points | 8 years ago with 59 comments
1976The Early Development of Programming Languages (bitsavers.trailing-edge.com)
150 points across 3 posts | 1 year ago with 13 comments
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