Manan Khattar

I read.
I write.
I learn.

About Me

Hey! I'm Manan Khattar, a sophomore studying computer science and applied mathematics at UC Berkeley. For as long as I can remember, I've been attracted to information. The ways that I've interacted with it have changed over the years — casually reading fantasy/sci-fi novels, poring over encyclopedias for quizbowl, methodically preparing briefs for speech and debate, and, more recently, getting my daily dose of Reddit/Quora/arXiv — but the goal has stayed the same: to gain information, so that I can understand it, and apply that understanding to the way I view and interact with the world.
Luckily, as a budding researcher and information scientist in the Bay Area, I have the tools to be able to use the knowledge I've gained to come up with interesting, insightful conclusions. Check out some of my structured work on the next page, and what's currently on my reading list on the page after that. For a more unfiltered look at who I am, check out my Medium, where I'll try to post (usually sleep-deprived) ramblings every so often about the NBA, Hearthstone, the productivity suite that I'm currently trying out, or just cool things that I've come across in life.

Under Construction!

In the meantime, check out my paper about the relationship between college basketball, first-round draft picks, and the NBA here, my essay on computational complexity in society here, my memo on the power dynamic between interracial couples here, and my report on startling trends in UC Admissions data here.

Under Construction!

In the meantime, here are the books/articles I'm currently reading, have recently completed, and currently have my eyes on:

Currently Reading

  1. The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  2. Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
  3. The Soul of Basketball, Ian Thomsen
  4. Improved techniques for training GANs, T. Salimans et al.

Recently Completed

  1. 11/22/63, Stephen King
  2. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
  3. The Perfect Weapon, David E. Sanger
  4. The Black Hole War, Leonard Susskind
  5. Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari

For the Future

  1. 21 Lessons for the Twenty-First Century, Yuval Noah Harari
  2. Reasons and Persons, Derek Parfit
  3. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
  4. The Stranger, Albert Camus

In the meantime, please feel free to look over my GitHub and my resume.

Let's talk!

Feel free to hit me up through email or LinkedIn, and find me on GitHub! I wish there was an easier way to send quick pings about random topics on the Internet; maybe I'll code up an IFTTT plugin for that someday.