The Doomsday Calculation

How an Equation That Predicts the Future Is Transforming Everything We Know About Life and the Universe

New York: Little, Brown, 2018


Why Knowing Things Still Matters When Facts Are So Easy to Look Up

New York: Little, Brown, 2016

Rock Breaks Scissors

A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody

New York: Little, Brown, 2014

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy

New York: Little, Brown, 2012


The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It)

New York: Hill and Wang, 2008

Gaming the Vote

Why Elections Aren't Fair (and What We Can Do About It)

New York: Hill and Wang, 2008

Fortune’s Formula

The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street

New York: Hill and Wang, 2005

How Would You Move Mount Fuji?

Microsoft’s Cult of the Puzzle—How the World’s Smartest Companies Select the Most Creative Thinkers

New York: Little, Brown, 2003

Carl Sagan

A Life in the Cosmos

New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1999

Biggest Secrets

More Uncensored Truth About All Sorts of Stuff You Are Never Supposed to Know

New York: William Morrow, 1993

Prisoner’s Dilemma

John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb

New York: Doubleday, 1992

The Ultimate

New York: Doubleday, 1990

Labyrinths of Reason

Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge

New York: Doubleday, 1988

Bigger Secrets

More Than 125 Things They Prayed You'd Never Find Out

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986

The Recursive Universe

Cosmic Complexity and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge

New York: William Morrow, 1984. Reprint, New York: Dover 2013.

Big Secrets

The Uncensored Truth About All Sorts of Stuff You Are Never Supposed to Know

New York: William Morrow, 1983


Reprints, Criticism, Curiosities

What to Think About Machines That Think

Edited by John Brockman

New York: Harper, 2015

Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone's Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit}

Jessica Pressman, Mark C. Marino, and Jeremy Douglass

Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2015

Dream Journal

Amazon and iPad eBook, 2011

The Game Design Reader

A Rules of Play Anthology

Edited by Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006

New Media Poetics

Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories

Edited by Adelaide Morris and Thomas Swiss

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006

A to Izzard

A Harry Stephen Keeler Companion

Edited by Fender Tucker, with contributions by Francis Nevins, Richard Polt, and many others

Shreveport, LA: Ramble House, 2002

The Big Book of Big Secrets

New York: Barnes & Noble, 2001

(Reprint of Big Secrets and Biggest Secrets)