This is a list of book references that sounded worth pursuing for one reason or another. They aren't recommendations of my own; I haven't read any of them. A typical entry is from someone else's Usenet article, pasted in here unattributed and with no attempt at nice web-formatting (although I do run a script converting URLs and ISBNs into links). I remove the entry when I find the book.

Neils Ferguson and Bruce Schneier, Practical Cryptography

Handbook of Applied Cryptography

The Fun of Programming

0132918072 Etudes for Programmers

Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Wildlife, James Patrick Kelly. Kelly is so good, I don't know why he isn't better known. I'd had this book on the readpile for a while but put off reading it because I knew it incorporated the wonderful novells "Mr Boy" and I couldn't believe it could do that without harm to either the novella or itself. Well, I was wrong. This is a fun read. It's about artificial intelligence but in the positive way that means it's about what sentience is.

0670218413 China Court by Rumer Godden

0861711408 Lessons from the Dying by Rodney Smith

0195131444 The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses by Amar V. Bhide

The Extended Organism

Hans Conkel, How To Open Locks With Improvised Tools

Have you ever read Mark Salzman's =Lost in Place=? Amazing black-belt guy, goes to Harvard or something and he and his girlfriend get mugged. He gives the guy his wallet in this weird sense of suspended animation: nice robber! this isn't so bad! Later he has this enormous recoil: was I =crazy=? why didn't I fight? my girlfriend was there, for chrissakes! --very comforting and honest example of the mental process he went through afterward, coming to terms with his actions. Also one of the best memoirs I have ever read.

W.J. Williams, The Praxis

Georgette Heyer, A Civil Contract

As I noted previously, rillian sent me a copy of The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst. It’s an absolutely beautiful book. When I opened it up the other day to look something up, I could hear the Brandenburg Concertos, some of my favorite music, in my mind’s ear. That’s how beautiful this book is.

Du Maurier, Rebecca

Rheingold, Smart Mobs

Tom Holt, Expecting Someone Taller

Donald J. Skal, Antibodies, a very overlooked little tome on people who want to become machines.

Arthur Herman, How the Scots Invented the Modern World

Andrew Gregory, Harvey's Heart

Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy

0201914654 Henry S. Warren Jr., Hacker's Delight

0878933344 Jonathon Howard, Mechanics of Motor Proteins and the Cytoskeleton

0691000646 Howard Berg, Random Walks in Biology

At the end of Dunnett's King Hereafter, a novel about the historical Macbeth, who didn't do any of the awful things Shakespeare's character did, when Macbeth is going out to fight his last battle, a prophet tells him that in a thousand years his name and his lady's name will be the only names from their age of the world that everybody knows. It's true, too, for while one might make a case for William the Conqueror and Canute, I think one would be on safer ground with everyone recognising the names of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. He's comforted by this, and goes out to die thinking that his work building the kingdom will last and be remembered.

0131008250 Bryan P. Bergeron, Bioinformatics Computing

0962689521 Gerald H. Pollack, Cells, Gels, and the Engines of Life [questionable]

0879696087 David W. Mount, Bioinformatics: Sequence and Genome Analysis

John Maynard Smith, The Problems of Biology

0716732106 Robert M. Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

0884270610 The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Keegan, The Face of Battle

0520224612 Mapping the Mind by Rita Carter

The best book I've read about science is The Honey Bee by James L. Gould and Carol Grant Gould (Scientific American Library, 1988). It describes how biologists, marooned aboard a ship, thought up the classic experiment to prove that bees use 'the dance' to tell other bees where the nectar is. It tells about experiments to measure how many bits a bee keeps in its head. Bees keep a mental 'appointment book' of which flowers to visit during each 15 minute interval in the day. The Honey Bee also contains a wonderful history of beekeeping and a neat evolutionary history of bees. Early bees built exposed honeycombs hanging from branches in trees.

OK, so this book is flawed by being in the World-War-II-as-fairy-tale style, but I can't help liking it anyway. The War Magician, How Jasper Maskelyne and his Magic Gang Altered the Course of World War II, by David Fisher. I had always thought of deception in war as dreary. Buildings with artificial trees on top of them, etc. But Maskelyne, stationed in Egypt as the Germans closed in, moved the port at Alexandria (well, it looks like it moved), hid tanks inside of trucks, built a non-existant railroad, and had many other adventures. Fascinating. Too bad British secrecy does not let us know more about the serious side of Maskelyne's deceptions of the enemy in WWII. (Coward-McCann, New York, 1983)

To understand the real basis for political division in America, everyone should read George Lakoff's book, Moral Politics. Lakoff argues that people think of government metaphorically as a parent. Conservatives want a "Strict Father" and liberals want a "Nurturant Parent."

Charles Stross, Toast

0935702997 Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach by Donald A. McQuarrie, John D. Simon, John Choi

0748743340 Stop Working & Start Thinking: A Guide to Becoming a Scientist by Jack Cohen, Graham Medley

Introduction to VLSI Systems by Carver Mead, Lynn Conway

Hypersea by Mark A.S. McMenamin, Dianna L. S. McMenamin

The Making of a Fly: The Genetics of Animal Design by Peter A. Lawrence

0345353749 A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Content Addressable Memories (Springer Series in Information Sciences, Vol 1) by Teuvo Kohonen

Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution by Kenneth V., Phd Kardong

Developmental Neurobiology by Marcus Jacobson

Seven Clues to the Origin of Life: A Scientific Detective Story by A. G. Cairns-Smith

Conceptual Developments of 20th Century Field Theories by Tian Yu Cao

0738204684 Under the Radar: Starting Your Internet Business without Venture Capital by Arnold Kling

0198534469 Visual Complex Analysis by Tristan Needham

0907259065 Counterpunch: Making Type in the Sixteenth Century, Designing Typefaces Now by Fred Smeijers, Robin Kinross

It's hard to believe, but early masters like Newton actually managed to understand vast and complex fields of science in this very tactile way. That art, largely lost, has been revived lately by a select few including Needham and Chandrasekhar (Newton's Principia for the Common Reader, Clarendon Press, 1997).

Lesurf, Information and Measurement, 2nd edition

Feyerabend, Against Method

0609809547 Rita Golden Gelman, Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World

This week, I've been reading Kelly Eskridge's Solitaire. I have to say, I'm damn impressed. It's not just a good first novel, it's a good novel.

0691090653 Behind Deep Blue

in USENIX Security '02:

Nancy Kline. Time to Think: listening to ignite the human mind. Ward Lock. 1999

A Few Good Men From Univac

Watts, The Way of Zen

Wadler, A Critique of Abelson & Sussman. SIGPLAN Notices 22(3), March 1987.

A Short History of Technology From the Earliest Times to A.D. 1900 by T. K. Derry and Trevor I. Williams

Effective Java (just a quick skim ought to be enough)

Trevor Blackwell; "Speeding up Protocols for Small Messages", Computer Communication Review, Volume 26, Number 4 (October 1996), pp.85-95.

1557787557 The Radiance of Being

052147809X Robert L. Carroll, Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution

Even better, you can read the Library of America book that they call _The Debate on the Constitution_.

_The Federalist_ is an after-the-fact compilation of op-ed pieces, written by Jay, Madison, and Hamilton under the pseudonym Publius, arguing in favor of the drafted but not yet approved Constitution. My understanding is that none of the Publius authors imagined that they were writing a book, or intended their op-ed pieces to be read one after another. They were participating in a debate, and responding to other voices in that debate.

_The Debate on the Constitution_ includes all of the Publius pieces, and also includes the other side's arguments. I think that's important: it's a good idea to read more than just the winning side.

Mark S. Miller, Daniel G. Bobrow, Eric Dean Tribble, and Jacob Levy, "Logical Secrets", in: Shapiro, Ehud, (ed.), Concurrent Prolog: Collected Papers (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1987

<tvoj> you would probably it rather conventional (and somewhat dated) but the +list at the back of _How to Read a Book_ appealed to me

0393038920 Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction--and Get it Published by Susan Rabiner, Alfred Fortunato

1573228575 The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner

1582970440 2002 Writer's Market: 8,000 Editors Who Buy What You Write by Kirsten Holm (Editor)

0226288447 Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by William Germano

0943135192 For All the Write Reasons: Forty Successful Authors, Publishers, Agents and Writers Tell You How to Get Your Book Published

0156010879 Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing by Patricia T. O'Conner

0062720406 Writing to Learn by William Zinsser

0867195614 Despite Everything: A Cometbus Omnibus by Aaron Cometbus

0262194554 Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics by Gerald Jay Sussman, Jack Wisdom

0387941061 A Practical Theory of Programming (Texts and Monographs in Computer Science) by Eric C. R. Hehner

0387183132 Coelho & Cotta (1988), Prolog by Example.

0805366814 Maier & Warren (1988), Computing With Logic.

0745800637 Ramsey & Barrett (1987), AI in Practice: Examples in Pop-11.

0486416062 Gandhi, Nonviolent Resistance

0670824399 Matilda by Roald Dahl

0262032708 Model Checking by E. M. Clarke, Orna Grumberg, Doron Peled

Cherryh, The Paladin

9992856467 War Between the Pitiful Teachers and the Splendid Kids

0553280511 The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

1568811713 Andrew Glassner's Other Notebook: Further Recreations in Computer Graphics by Andrew S. Glassner

1587990717 Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and in Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

1931013098 What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor?: Unexpurgated Sea Chanties, Compiled and Annotated by Douglas Morgan Pomfret, CT: Swordsmith Books, 2002 128 pp.

0688172172 V. S. Ramachandran, Sandra Blakeslee. Phantoms in the Brain. Fourth Estate. 1998

0130481904 The Art of Compiler Design, Theory and Practice by Thomas Pittman, James Peters

The Computational Beauty of Nature

I bet you'd like "Breaking Bounds" or "Airborne" by Lois Greenfield, dance photography. They're usually in remaindered piles, and I'm sure they'd be at the library. Beautiful, fascinating work. She does a great job of capturing that moment.

Gilbert Highet says much the same thing in The Art of Teaching. A talk with good presentation and poor content beats one with good content and poor presentation. This is because the first talk will at least pass the time amusingly; the second will be a deadly bore and you won't learn anything anyway.

Partly because I just read Michal Oracz's essay De Profundis. (Brilliant stuff -- go find a copy if you have any interest whatsoever in the non-computer sort of role-playing game.)

Hamming, The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn. Gordon and Breach, 1997.

Ronald Gross, The Independent Scholar's Handbook.

Steinhaus, Mathematical Snapshots.

Alistair Cockburn. Writing Effective Use Cases. Addison Wesley. 2001.

Project Orion

The Curve of Binding Energy

0716714124 Inventions of Daedalus. also

Budd, A Little Smalltalk

0201134381 Knuth, Metafont: the Program

3540669388 Knuth, MMIXware: A RISC Computer for the Third Millennium

Jasper Fforde. The Eyre Affair. New English Library. 2001.

Tanya Huff. Summon the Keeper. DAW. 1998.

Paul J. McCauley, The Secret of Life.

Donna Williams. Nobody Nowhere: the remarkable autobiography of an autistic girl. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 1992.

A. R. Luria. The Mind of a Mnemonist: a little book about a vast memory. Harvard. 1968.

Irun R. Cohen. Tending Adam's Garden: evolving the cognitive immune self. Academic Press. 2000.

Malcolm Gladwell. The Tipping Point: how little things can make a big difference. Abacus. 2000.

1883672503 Remy Charlip, Arm in Arm.

I've been enjoying reading Route 66 A.D.: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists by Tony Perrottet, thanks to Lucy Huntzinger who sent me a copy. It's simultaneously a discussion of tourism in classical antiquity, and an account of a trip around the Mediterranean by the author and his pregnant wife as they attempt to follow the old travel guides and itineraries.

Austin, J. L. (1962): How to Do Things with Words, Oxford.

McCarthy, John (1982): ``Common Business Communication Language'', in Textverarbeitung und Brosysteme, Albert Endres and Jrgen Reetz, eds. R. Oldenbourg Verlag, Munich and Vienna 1982.

0966234618 Serge Gainsbourg, Evguenie Sokolov.

You may find useful Vera Johnson-Steiner's book Notebooks of the Mind, which, though mostly not literally about notebooks, describes the ways in which creative thought emerges from the accumulation of fragments of ideas.

Read Alan Lakien's book How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life, which is recommended even by people who hate self-help books. It has invaluable techniques for getting yourself into productive action.

Gregory Bateson, Advice to a Young Scientist

On Mike Travers's thesis: But most people seem to be interested in the sections that apply cognitive metaphor theory to programming language design. This is covered by chapters 2 & 3. To summarize: I apply a variety of psychological theories, chiefly the cognitive metaphor theory put forth by George Lakoff and collaborators, to the problem of how people conceptualize programs and programming languages. Then I go into more detail about a particular set of metaphors centered around the idea of agency and animism, which are pervasive in discourse about computation.

0738206679 Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Linked: The New Science of Networks

0198502311 John Maynard Smith, Evolutionary Genetics.

Paulus Gerdes, Marx Demystifies Calculus; translated by Beatrice Lumpkin (from Karl Marx arrancar o veu misterioso a matematica; I was puzzled about what language this was, but a correspondent helpfully tells me it's Portuguese). Minneapolis: MEP Publications, 1985, as vol. 16 of Studies in Marxism. [Collects and expounds Marx's writings on mathematics and dialectics, for the benefit of students confused by bourgeois explanations of differentiation and integration. Priceless. No I am not making this up, I found it myself in Doe Memorial Library at Berkeley, with my own two hands I turned the pages.]

0195140575 The Touchstone of Life: Molecular Information, Cell Communication, and the Foundations of Life by Werner R. Loewenstein (worth a skim, at least)

Manthey, M., and Moret, B.M.E., "The computational metaphor and quantum physics," Commun. ACM 26, 2 (1983), 137-145.

See Charles' Perro's "Normal Accidents": he says complex systems are inherently accident prone if they meet two criteria: a) they are non-linear b) they are tightly coupled The Internet is both to a high degree

1558601902 Transaction Processing : Concepts and Techniques by Jim Gray, Andreas Reuter

013881905X Stephen Slade, The T Programming Language: A Dialect of LISP.

Have you got a copy of A Ph.D. is Not Enough? Required reading for all scientists.

Concurrent Programming in Erlang (for Part II)

Seeker's Mask

Patrick McManus

0486270785 Boris Kordemsky, The Moscow Puzzles : 359 Mathematical Recreations

0879978511 Barrington Bayley, The Zen Gun.

0898654556 Randall Garrett, Takeoff, Too!

0674006542 Steve Grand, Creation: Life and How to Make It

0932379451 Alison Bechdel, More Dykes to Watch Out For

1563410966 Alison Bechdel, The Indelible Alison Bechdel

Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster

1579550088 Stephen Wolfram, A New Kind of Science

what's a good book on life extension? diet, exercise, supplements, etc?

The Incredible Secret Money Machine by Don Lancaster, Howard W. Sams, 1978.

0691010161 David D. Friedman, Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters.

0596000022 Daniel P. Bovet & Marco Cesati, Understanding the Linux Kernel

Drew McDermott, Mind and Mechanism

0852243391 A. Davey (1978). Discourse Production. Edinburgh University Press.

Pentti Kanerva. 1988. Sparse Distributed Memory.

Vijay Saraswat, Concurrent Constraint Programming.

Lynn Margulis, Symbiosis in Cell Evolution

Stuart Kauffman. Investigations. OUP. 2000.

Judea Pearl, Causality

Dorothy Sayers, The Mind of the Maker

Richard Stevens, Unix Network Programming Vol. 1

One thing that I have consistently noticed in all my artistic or supposedly artistic endeavors is that the process of creation inevitably affects the work itself. One makes compromises, changes one's plans, discovers new avenues, in the process of creation. (Baxandall's _Patterns of Intention_ explores this brilliantly for the case of painting.)

Erich Hoyt's The Earth Dwellers. I only bought the book because it was on clearance for a dollar, expecting that it would seem too basic after Hlldobler and Wilson's The Ants. Actually, it's one of the most enjoyable bug books I've read, as well as an excellent introduction to ants. Much of it is semi-fictionalized passages written from the point of view of various individual ants in Costa Rica, and I was impressed that that technique actually worked -- entertaining without getting annoyingly anthropomorphic. There are also affectionate and funny portrayals of ant researchers -- E.O. Wilson and William L. Brown, in particular, come through wonderfully as characters -- and there's a good balance between the sections on ants and ant researchers. I got much more out of this than out of Gordon's Ants at Work, though I did like the depiction of field research in that book.

If you felt inclined to buy this book, I would recommend you check out Andy Clark's excellent "Being There" instead. [in ref to Truth From Trash]

0595088791 See The Elements of Networking Style: And Other Essays & Animadversions on the Art of Intercomputer Networking by M. A. Padlipsky for a full coverage of this.

Ruchira Datta: >A question about Klein bottles 15 Sep 2000 06:08 May I take this opportunity to highly recommend Jeffrey Weeks's book, _The Shape of Space_. It has almost no prerequisites and I think you'll find it very helpful.

Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy

Managing Gigabytes: Compressing and Indexing Documents and Images by Ian H. Witten, Alistair Moffat, and Timothy C. Bell.

F.A. Hayek (Law, Legislation, and Liberty); Karl Popper (Conjectures and Refutations); and Michael Polanyi (Personal Knowledge).

<ChefPogo> demon, of of the better books for you at this stage would be the
  textbook "An introduction to behavioral Ecology" by Krebs and Davis.
<ChefPogo> but its a very simple read.
<ChefPogo> and you can pick and choose.

Maclane's book on Mathematics, Form and Function is really interesting--a better intro to category theory than Lawvere and Schnauel.

<halsted> favorite nonfiction of this year: _the accidental buddhist_


%T Tao Te Ching
%A Tzu, Lao
%A Le Guin, Ursula K.
%I Shambhala Publications
%C Boston
%D 1997
%O hardcover
%P x,125pp

Carl E. Linderholm, Mathematics Made Difficult

Claire Kehrwald Cook's fabulous and little-known copyediting book "Line by Line"

Rocket Boys, a story about a poor West Virginia kid who, because of Sputnik, became obsessed about rockets and built AMAZING rockets with high school buddies. He later became a NASA scientist, but this is really a book about being a teen ager and coping with family, friends, school, the world and growing up.

J.B.S Haldane, Daedalus

J.D. Bernal, The World, the Flesh, and the Devil.

Book called _Laughter In Hell_ I just read, about humor under the Third Reich and during the Holocaust. It dug up a huge number of jokes current at the time. The deep, paranoid black humor in some of them is incredible.

Greer Ilene Gilman, Moonwise.

Stewart Brand. How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built.

Tom Demarco and Timothy Lister. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams.

Elinor Ostrum, Governing the Commons [maybe]

This may not be nonsense--if I can believe what I read in _War Before Civilization_, maintaining peace is incredibly difficult at any tech level even though people generally realize that war is a reliable source of misery and not much else.

Scott Adams. God's Debris: A Thought Experiment. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel, 2001.

Richard Henry Dana. Two Years Before the Mast.

Chomin Nakae, A Discourse by Three Drunkards on Government.

I recommend _Anathema!_ by Marc Drogin--it's a history of book curses, with some sidelights about how valuable books were when they were all handmade.

Kornbluth (under some pseudonym): Man of Cold Rages

Brust, Steven. The Paths of the Dead.

Numbers in the Dark, Italo Calvino

0765343401 Jo Walton, The King's Name

0765302632 Jo Walton, The Prize in the Game

Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice To All Creation

Anne Terry White, Golden Treasury of Myths and Legends Adapted from the World's Great Classics.

Ross Anderson, Security Engineering.

Richard Cytowic, The Man Who Tasted Shapes.

Disch, The Brave Little Toaster

David Langford, The Leaky Establishment

Nielsen, M. A., Quantum Computation and Quantum Information.

What I've read of Barbara Hanawalt's work on gender, crime and social control in medieval England would seem to support Stevie's point. (I heartily recommend anything by Hanawalt, but particularly _The Ties That Bound_ and _Growing Up in Medieval London_, to anyone looking for insight into medieval social history. She's a phenomenal scholar and quite readable.)

The Adapted Mind, edited by Barkow, Cosmides, and Tooby

Knuth, Donald E. Selected Papers on Computer Science.

Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost At Sea.

Douglas Comer, Internetworking With TCP/IP.

Douglas Coupland, Microserfs.

I really like _Pale Fire_. It goes with _Possession_ in one way, and with the Colonel Pyat books in another, and it is remarkably funny and clever and tragic all at the same time.

Patricia McKillip's "Stepping From the Shadows." This is a mainstream novel. Sort of. It's about a painfully shy, socially awkward girl whose imaginary life is more vivid and rewarding than her real life. She becomes a writer, publishes a novel, and begins to connect with the outside world.

HELLO SUMMER, GOOD-BYE: It's about aliens at about Victorian tech level on a planet that has a 40 year winter coming up. It's a love story. It's well worth your while trying.

Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality by Neal Gabler

Neumann (ed.), The Invisible Future.

An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics by Bradley W. Carroll, Dale A. Ostlie, Dale A. Ostile (Contributor), Julie Berisford (Editor)

Brian C. Smith, thesis on 3lisp

A general recommendation--_The Dorbutt of Vacuo_ by Patrick Woodruffe. This is an illustrated novella (or possibly novellette). It's extremely silly with occasional but remarkably awful puns. The illustrations repay careful study.

It appears possible, according to Peter and Iona Opie's book on children's rhymes, that that particular counting rhyme pre-dates the Roman invasion of Britain, and may pre-date the Celtic one.

Robert McKim, Experiences in visual thinking.

Wayne Wickelgren, How to solve problems.

Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Milton, Paradise Lost

019286209X The Origins of Life : From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language - John Maynard Smith, Eors Szathmary

019850294X The Major Transitions in Evolution by John Maynard Smith, Eors Szathmary

Try Garry Kilworth. _House of Tribes_ is a manic political satire, featuring a cast of housemice who decide to throw the humans out so that they will have unhindered access to the magic Pantry of Plenty. [david given]

My immediate prime contender is The Hills Were Liars by Riley Hughes, is which the last half-dozen people still alive in the world (as far as they know), all male, one of them a child, get together and hold an election to see which of them will be Pope. Mark Owings

I'm not sure if this is what you have in mind, but Joanna Field (in either _A Life of One's Own_ or _An Experiment in Leisure) suggests that realizing that not everything that comes into one's mind is true is a major jump in maturity. I think that people draw the lines in very different places just in the real world. [nancy]

The Ethical Slut

Try _Personality Types_ by Michael Malone. It's the best book I've seen on normal variations in worldview. (It's Jungian psychetypes, but more intellectually presented than in _Please Understand Me_.) -- Nancy Lebovitz

Yuri Manin, Mathematics and Physics [freeman dyson]

Taming the Tiger (recommended by richard o'keefe)

John James, Wotan

Knuth, Surreal Numbers

Raymond Smullyan - This Book Needs No Title.

Reynolds, ``Definitional Interpreters for Higher-Order Programming Languages''. Proc. ACM National Conference, 1972.

Sussman and Steele, ``The First Report on Scheme Revisited''. HOSC 11, 1998.

that nasa report on self-reproducing factories:

Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (movie)

Crisis and Leviathan

Tim Powers, Declare

Robert Charles Wilson, The Chronoliths.

John Clute, Appleseed.

0134533259 Title: The Implementation of Functional Programming Languages Author: Simon Peyton Jones

0135399254 Title: Design and Validation of Computer Protocols Author: Gerard Holzmann

047102984X Title: The Flying Circus of Physics Author: Jearl Walker and Jean Walker

1585790125 Title: Adam's Task: Calling Animals by Name Author: Vicki Hearne

1558604979 Practical File System Design with the Be File System by Dominic Giampaolo

Tony Daniel, Metaplanetary.

Alastair Reynolds, Chasm City.

All [Avram Davidson's] novels are out of print. Perhaps the one most worth searching for is The Phoenix and the Mirror, the first of a sequence called Vergil Magus, inspired by the medieval legends which made the Roman poet Vergil into a master sorcerer.

David Cope, Experiments in Musical Intelligence

David Brin, The Transparent Society

<scott> have you ever heard natacha atlas?
<scott> she's definitely worth checking out (best album is amulet imo)

Thomas A. Limoncelli and Christine Hogan, The Practice of System and Network Administration

Your Wish Is My Command - Programming By Example, edited by Henry Lieberman. (includes chapter on ToonTalk)

Permanence, Karl Schroeder

Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang

Jakob Nielsen, Designing Web Usability

Joel Spolsky, User Interface Design for Programmers

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

Helplessness: On Depression, Development, and Death by Martin E. P. Seligman

SSCLI Essentials by David Stutz, Ted Neward and Geoff Shilling

John Gough, Compiling for the .NET Common Language Runtime

Peter Drayton, CLR Internals

John Viega, Gary McGraw. Building Secure Software

Gottman, The Relationship Cure

Kelly Link, Stranger Things Happen

Hall, Eldon C. Journey to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Guidance Computer.

Gray, Jeremy J. The Hilbert Challenge. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Gold, Thomas. The Deep Hot Biosphere.

<brknntr> Issues in the Design and Implementation of Act2, Daniel G.
  Theriault, AI-TR 728, MIT AI Lab

Shields, Sheard, and Jones, Dynamic Typing as Staged Type Inference. POPL 1998

Yukio Mishima, Patriotism

David E. Lundstrom, A Few Good Men from Univac.

Niklaus Wirth & Jurg Gutknecht, Project Oberon: The Design of an Operating System and Compiler.

<zooko> Menezes, van Oorschot, Vanstone; It is the crypto reference that I
  like a lot and use a lot.

I picked up this book by someone named Hintikka or somesuch, called something like "The Principles of Mathematics Revisited." Argues that quantifiers like there exists and for all should be thought of in a game-theoretical approach. Argues that truth is essentially a winning strategy between a verifyer and a falsifier. And that this definition of truth automatically validates the Axiom of Choice. Furthermore, he has his own "Independence Friendly" logic, which I don't understand yet.

The Pi-Calculus

    author=(Zippel, Richard E.),
    booktitle=(Proc. Symposium on Programming Language Issues
               in Software Systems),
    month=jun, year=1983, pages=(166--169),

Strange Stories For Strange Kids: Little Lit 2.

Berlekamp and Wolfe, Mathematical Go: Chilling Gets the Last Point

0803292864 The Skylark of Space (Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series) by E. E. Smith, Vernor Vinge (Introduction), O. G., Jr. Estes (Illustrator).

E.E. Smith, Galactic Patrol

0385040253 Title: The Ashley Book of Knots Author: Clifford W. Ashley

Did you ever read that book called The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian James? He claims that we didn't even get aware of consciousness until recently. It's the best book I've ever read that couldn't possibly be true.

<semaphore> by the way, a good physics book is "lagrangian interactions"
  (probably spelled wrong).  It's out of print, and rare, so you have to get
  it through inter-library loan.
> that's the right spelling
> what's good about it?
<semaphore> that you can actually read it!
<semaphore> it talks about everything outside of quantum.  like the
  relationship between the conservation laws, and invariants

Candas Jane Dorsey, A PARADIGM OF EARTH.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden (ed.), STARLIGHT 3.

Andrei Alexandrescu, Modern C++ Design: Generic Programming and Design Patterns Applied.

Freeman Dyson, Imagined Worlds.

True Names: And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier by Vernor Vinge, James Frenkel (Editor)

Mathematics for the Million.

Nanard, et al. Declarative Approach for Fast Design by Incremental Learning. Technical Report.

Terry Winograd. Understanding Natural Language (SHRDLU). 1972.

find some work on Gaia that purports to answer the scientific objections. Lovelock?

Bobos in Paradise

What to Do After You Hit Return : A Computer Games Book from People's Computer Company by People's Computer Company.

<OiVey> there's a very good book.. called the perfect resume....  there are
  lots of different ways to write cover letters and resumes.

Dalai Lama, Ethics for the New Millennium

Bob Gill, Forget all the Rules About Graphic Design

- Sarah Waters' marvelous :Affinity: is about an imprisoned medium convicted of murder, and the philanthopist who visits her, which I know sounds as dull as dishwater; the book itself is full of heat. Fear, anger, love, a neat mystery; saying whether the novel's really a fantasy or historical fiction would consitute a spoiler. It's told in journal entries by two different women, the visitor's going forward in time, the medium's backward from the night of the murder, and they're both in pitch-perfect Victorian, but very distinct voices, very obvious class differences. I'm not doing a good job of describing it, but it was one of the two best novels I read in 1999.

_The Tree Wakers_ by Keith Claire. Children help stranded folks from an alternate universe get home. I suspect that the authors (Keith Claire is a pseudonym for a married couple) have a substantial mystical background. It's very gentle and really weird. I can't remember who recommended it here, but many thanks.

Rachel Pollack's _Temporary Agency_ and _Unquenchable Fire_ are set in a world where magic's come back, but the social structures haven't changed much. There's a scene in UF where a woman is told that it's just irresponsible to not use magic when she's giving birth which struck me as hysterically funny.

V.F. Turchin. The Phenomenon of Science: A Cybernetic Approach to Human Evolution, Columbia University Press, 1977.

Wukovitz, S. & Yeates, T. (1995). Why protein crystals favour some space-groups over others. Nature Structural Biology 2(12), 1062.

The Not So Big House, by Sarah Susanka (5/6/01) Living in a 200-square-foot box has turned me into an avid reader of shelter mags and other purveyors of real estate fantasies. (My friend Amy and I occasionally refer to the genre as girl porn.) The Not So Big House is based on the rather intuitive but apparently architecturally revolutionary notion that people shouldn't waste space and money building formal rooms that are no longer in frequent use (the fancy foyer, the formal living room, etc.) It belabors this point a bit too much, but makes up for it with a fantastic chapter on the economics of home building that explains tips and tricks not obvious to casual observers. Overall, definitely an interesting book with more to offer than just pretty pictures of snazzy houses.

Arbib & Manes, Arrows, Structures, and Functors: the Categorical Imperative.

Unfortunately, the brain-in-the-jar school of thought is missing a whole aspect of human cognitive abilities. I learned this reading an article in the spectacular book _Doing Science_ (which features Drexler as well, if that's what it takes to get you to read it) entitled "Immuknowlege: The Immune System as a Learning Process of Somatic Individuation." by Francisco Varela and Antonio Coutinho. Listen:

Alan H. Guth. The Inflationary Universe

Zelazny: Doorways in the Sand

Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist Master

Huxley, Brave New World

A. S. Byatt, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye

Petter Hegre, My Wife

Ian Sommerville and Pete Sawyer. Requirements Engineering: a good practice guide. Wiley. 1997.

Peter Millican and Andy Clark, eds. Machines and Thought: the Legacy of Alan Turing, volume I. OUP. 1996.

Not a great book, though. I'd recommend it to anyone who hasn't read any of Muriel Spark's novels - she writes like nobody else on earth, and it'll give you the taste - but not to anyone who's only read one; it might make you think the first one was a fluke. Read _Symposium_ or _A far cry from Kensington_ or _Memento Mori_ or _the Comforters_ or, of course, _the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie_. They're short, which I personally regard as a great advantage in novels (I think that was the first non-genre novel I'd read since _Mason and Dixon_).

_Time and Chance_, De Camp's autobiography.

A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander. NA2540.A423 at Moffitt

Damien Broderick, The Spike. T14.5.B75 2001 at Bus & Econ

Factory Physics.

Turchin's paper on supercompilation, in _Programs as Data Objects_

Nalo Hopkinson, Brown Girl in the Ring.

Thanks. I actually think that this proposal would stand a good chance at lifting hundreds of millions of people up out of misery. Unlike other save-the-world technologies, this would address much more than just their material misery. If you like this proposal, you'd love "Trust" by Francis Fukuyama and "The Other Path" by Hernando DeSoto.

- _The Etruscan_, where Waltari did the same thing Gene Wolfe did with "Soldier of the Mist", except thirty years earlier. This is my favourite Waltari.

There's a book called _Second Nature_ by Michael Pollan which argues that all too much of people's attitude about nature is driven by rape metaphors, so that you end up with either covering the ground with concrete or feeling that the only virtuous thing is to not touch it at all. Pollan recommends a somewhat grumpy marriage with a lot of compromises, instead.

Panshin, Rite of Passage.

Turing Award Lectures

The Vegetarian Lunchbasket.

David Drake has written and co-written a lot of Rome related SF: BIRDS OF PREY (Baen/1984)

I just read William Goldman's _The Colour of Light_, which is not a book one would describe in terms of plot. It's about a writer, and how he writes from life, it's essentially a meditation on the question of where one gets one's ideas from. (And quite a nasty one in some ways as well.) The sections deal with his different muses, and the stories he tells.

Tom Stoppard, The Invention of Love, Grove Press, New York, 1997.

The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, edited by Wilson and Keil

Don Delillo, White Noise

<halsted> darius: something for your list -- ken nordine, word jazz (album)


Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

Wil Mccarthy, The Collapsium.

I suspect you have considerably more rigid definitions of "great" and "mediocre" than I do, and I'm not at all sure that much more discussion would be particularly useful. If you haven't read C.S. Lewis's AN EXPERIMENT IN CRITICISM, I strongly recommend it. Behind the casual sexism and weird (to me, anyway) unexamined class assumptions it's a brilliant, generous, presumptuous look at reading and at choice in academia, asking which is more important in judging a book.

Gray's Anatomy

For a seasonally appropriate example, see _Unplug the Christmas Machine_ by Robinson and Staehell.

Francis Bacon, ``On Innovation''

I second the recommendation for SEEING VOICES by Oliver Sacks. For more detailed information about Sign grammar, you might refer to the book that Sacks himself referred to: THE SIGNS OF LANGUAGE by Edward Klima and Ursula Bellugi. (Main Stack HV2474.K53)

ObSF: _Dreamships_, by Melissa Scott. The pilot is the hearing child of a deaf parent, and was raised partly in the deaf culture.

Part of it is some personal stuff I'm not going into. Part of it is recently rereading _The Obsidian Mirror_ and _The Mother I Carry_ by Louise Wisechild--among other things, they're about a monstrously overcontrolling mother. And part of it is reading

what is life? Bioscience QH331 .S37 1945; what is life? (next 50 years) Bioscience QH331 .W465 1995; what is life/ (haldane) Bioscience Q171.H287

The School of Niklaus Wirth: The Art of Simplicity Edited by Laszlo Boeszoermenyi, Jurg Gutknecht, and Gustav Pomberger Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, October 2000

Have you read Carla Speed McNeil's comic _Finder_? I consider it the best comic being published today. See for samples, ordering info, etc.

0553380397 Don't Shoot the Dog.


Garry Wills. His brief book-length examination of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address made the intellectual life of the nineteenth century spring to life for me. His books on the founding documents of America -- INVENTING AMERICA on the Declaration, EXPLAINING AMERICA on the Federalist Papers -- do the same for the previous century. Wills is a "public intellectual" of the sort we don't have much any more. I emerge from his books as if I've just had a refreshing vacation on a planet where everybody is intelligent.

And I commend to your attention Robert Hardy's :Longbow: A social and military history:, and the contents of its bibliography.

But if I must choose just one, I think I take Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus, an album that still seems perfect to me on every level: it's melodically gorgeous and astonishingly played, it evokes an incredible range of moods, and it's satisfyingly complex without that overwhelming the musical experience. It's the album that taught me that there was a huge world outside of rock 'n' roll, and it can still take any black mood I'm in and soothe it, or be a cheerful companion to any good mood.

Dorothy Sayers, The Nine Tailors.

"Quantum Interferometric Optical Lithography: Exploiting Entanglement to Beat the Diffraction Limit," Agedi N. Boto, Pieter Kok, Daniel S. Abrams, Samuel L. Braunstein, Colin P. Williams and Jonathan P. Dowling, Physical Review Letters, 25 September 2000

Kerouac, Big Sur

Dark Cities Underground, Lisa Goldstein

Stardust, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess

Pinkwater, The Afterlife Diet.

Sylvia Townsend Warner, The Kingdoms of Elfin

In Timothy Galway's _The Game of Work_ he describes taking a class with Skinner, and seeing a pigeon keep responding to rewards it wasn't getting any more. [1]

Thoreau, Walden

Robin McKinley, Beauty

Nielsen, Jakob. 1993. Usability Engineering. Boston, MA: Academic Press.

Schneier, Secrets and Lies

You might also want to read the book _At The Hand of Man_. The author (Raymond Bonner, I think) isn't a libertarian, but he provides a rather disturbing (environmentalist) critique of the current environmentalist movement.

[George R.R. Martin's :Dying of the Light:]

_The Secret History_ by Donna Tart. A second-rate liberal arts university with something rotten in the classics department. Marginal fantasy content (unless I missed something) but quite a good novel.

Neil Gershenfeld, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling

Neil Gershenfeld, The Physics of Information Technology

_And They Call It Help_ by Nancy Armstrong

A good non-scientific example is the poet Andrew Motion's biography of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, a little-known (today) gentleman criminal from the early nineteenth century. Many hard facts about his activities are no longer extant and Wainewright has been made into a legendary symbol of evil by other writers, but Motion still delivers an enviable portrait of Wainewright. Based on the fragments that do remain, Motion tells the story from Wainewright's point of view (in the form of a confession), and adds the known (sometimes contradictory) facts as notes at the end of each chapter. _Wainewright: The Poisoner_ is a fascinating and imaginative work.

Hoare, Communicating Sequential Processes

Lisa Palac, The Edge of the Bed: How Dirty Pictures Changed My Life

Shaw's _Back to Methuselah_

<Zhivago> hmm, for something interesting you might like In Virconium, and The Pastel City by M John Harrison

Grunt by Sandra Boynton

callahan's key

<Zhivago:#lisp> but he reminds me of Edward Whittemore

john le carre

[Pike87a] Rob Pike, ``Structural Regular Expressions'', EUUG Spring 1987 Conference Proceedings, Helsinki, May 1987, pp. 21-28.

house of leaves

A good, if distressing, book for those looking to have their characters dispose of a body is _Vampires, Burial and Death_.

piper, space viking

de tocqueville

carter, the fortunate fall (I guess I really do need to reread it)

bierce, devil's dictionary

> I'm sure others here have there favourite "unsung" authors
> as well...
Robert Reed. Ian McDonald. Marjorie Bradley Kellogg.
Jo         - -  I kissed a kif at Kefk  - -

Luigi Serafini, Codex Seraphinianus

0671213164 Frederick Winsor, Space Child's Mother Goose

wind whales of ishmael

delany, empire star

richard mckenna, the sand pebbles

I'm getting in late on this thread, but has anyone read _Star of the Unborn_ by Franz Werfel? It's a very good (if slow) tour of the far future. Read it if you're in the mood for something with excellent details a peculiar sense of humor, and an odd angle on the present.

I'm currently reading _Star of the Unborn_ by Franz Werfel--it's sf, but not as we know it. It seems to be a pastiche of Victorian "romance of the future" and contains science in homeopathic amounts--it's more like a mixture of satire and wonders--the pleasure of the book (I'm enjoying it quite a bit) is in the weirdness and tone rather than any sort of rational speculation. -- Nancy Lebovitz

Trollope, Phineas Finn

Jack Shirazi, Java Performance Tuning (skim)

Miro Samek, Practical Statecharts in C/C++ (skim)

0679772898 Temple Grandin, Thinking In Pictures

James Norman Hall My Island Home. The autobiography of the author of Mutiny on the Bounty and Fairy Lands of the South Seas. Absolutely brilliant evocation of a person and a life and a time. He died before he finished it, more's the pity.

Anthony Trollope He Knew He Was Right. I'm 700 pages into this 850 page book. It's brilliant. Unless the end totally falls apart, I think it's one of Trollope's best. Actually, even if the end gets sentimental I'll forgive it. But I have great hopes that it will not. This is a book with a lot of characters, and it's largely about a lot of marriages being made around the people whose marriage is coming apart. Everything echoes and balances perfectly, the main plot is echoed again as comedy and the subplots are echoed in different keys -- it really is a novel best seen in symphonic terms. Yet the people are so real and the threads of plot are so lightly tugged. It's wonderful.

Computing with Cells and Atoms : An Introduction to Quantum, DNA and Membrane Computing by Cristian S. Calude, Gheorghe Paun.

<Luke_> oh, recommendable book - "the children of the alley", by an egyptian +bloke, stories with a biblical flavour. was good

It's probably more complicated than that--see _Never Too Thin_ by Roberta Pollack Seid, about how thinness has come to be identified with health, beauty, status, and virtue. Imho, American culture has a lot of trust in numbers and fondness for willpower, and both of those also play into the extremely high value placed on thinness.

Edward Cohen, Programming in the 1990s: An Introduction to the Calculation of Programs, Springer-Verlag, 1990. [gary t. leavens]

The Last Mortal Generation, Damien Broderick

Gloria Naylor, MAMA DAY.

Robert Freitas, Nanomedicine

<brknntr> you should check out "Euphemism and Dysphemism" by Burridge and some other guy... australian authors

Italo Calvino, T-zero. [includes mathematical short stories]

1886778044 Frankensteins and Foreign Devils by Walter Jon Williams 1998, NESFA, $23, 379 pp.

Dorothy Sayers, Are Women Human?

Laurie R. King. The Beekeeper's Apprentice. HarperCollins. 2000.

The two books that I normally recommend to just-getting-started writers are Lawrence Block's TELLING LIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT and Anne LaMott's BIRD BY BIRD. The former focusses more on the skills and techniques of writing (which is how I'd also describe THE FIRST FIVE PAGES, though I would say that Block goes into things in somewhat more depth--and definitely from a different angle); the latter is somewhat more process-oriented. Block has a bunch of how-to-write books; they're mostly collections of his ten years of columns from Writer's Digest, so they kind of go over the same ground. TELLING LIES... happens to be my personal favorite, but all of them are good, so if you can't find that one, try one of the others.

I also *highly* recommend Lars Eighner's ELEMENTS OF AROUSAL, but with a warning: while the book contains some of the best and clearest basic writing how-to advice I've seen, its putative topic is how to write erotica for gay men's magazines. This means that the examples are...memorable.

0070097771 Caplan, Ralph (1982) By Design: Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors in the Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons. New York: McGraw-Hill.

the millionaire next door [nancy said It didn't annoy me, though. Finding out that the world is a little weirder than I'd thought makes up for any slight dissonance from the title.]

l'engle, a severed wasp

Meredith Anne Pierce's Darkangel trilogy, recently re-published by Harcourt Brace's Magic Carpet line, is also wonderful: a distorted re-telling of Cupid and Psyche in the far future, set on a terraformed moon with vampires, seas of dust, and magic staffs that transform into birds or boats ... Her book =The Woman Who Loved Reindeer= is also excellent, but may be harder to find.

You might want to try Susan Whitcher's =Enchanter's Glass=, which is about a girl who has to fight an evil wizard, half-set in mundane reality and half-set in =The Faerie Queen=. You don't have to know =The Faerie Queen= to enjoy the magical bits; in fact, I disliked the bits of it I read in college, and Whitcher's book made me want to give it another shot. This may be hard to find, though, since I don't think it ever got a paperback re-printing.

Books/writers that are probably too well-known to need much description: Patricia McKillip's =The Forgotten Beast of Eld=, also recently reprinted by Magic Carpet; Tanith Lee's =Gold Unicorn= books, and =The Dragon Hoard= (if you can find it); and most of Joan Aiken's children's books, especially the Dido Twite ones.

Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Myrna B. Shure and Theresa Foy Digeronimo, Raising a Thinking Child: Help Your Young Child to Resolve Everyday Conflicts and Get Along With Others, Holt, 1994.)

Bruce Olds - Raising Holy Hell. A novel about John Brown that has me engrossed. Contains fake interviews with characters and historical stuff aobut slavery and pre-Civil War politics. Totally fascintating. John Brown was nuts, but at least he didn't act like a fucking politician.

Another fictional view of John Brown, one well based on the historical record, is "Flashman and the Angel of the Lord," by George MacDonald Fraser. Fraser's a historian turned comic novelist. Fraser draws his characters from primary accounts. Footnotes expand on the text note differences in the primary texts.

Karen Elizabeth Gordon, The Transitive Vampire.

Christopher Moore, Bloodsucking Fiends

Not only that, but the idea that there's a connection between aging, gravity, and the need to be "right" has some truth in it. For practical details, check out _Somatics_ by Thomas Hanna or any other good book on the Feldenkreis method. [nancy lebovitz. comment on _they'd rather be right_]

Poul Anderson, Starfarers

Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

try: Adrian Mole [name of series]

The Female Man by Joanna Russ

Tolstoy, War and Peace

Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker (give it a try, anyway. same author as _the mouse and his child_.

Simmons, Hyperion Simmons, The Hollow Man

Russell Means, Where White Men Fear to Tread.

And I've been quite blissed out by the essays in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. Wallace's writing seems to fling itself around like some guys in my aerobics class--same kind of aimless quality and total disregard for how much space they take up. Except all of a sudden I realize he's explained something to me I'd despaired of ever getting a handle on in this life. How long has this been going on, I find myself wondering...

I was given "The Yanamamo" by Napoleon Chagnon, which is quite amazing -- he spent five years on and off with them in Venezuela at a time when they were totally unacculturated, the first non Yanamomo to enter many villages. It gets better and better as I go into it. [carapace]

Elizabeth Bowen's =The House in Paris= does it too, and it's another one where the event isn't violent at all although the repercussions all are; but it also does put the event in finally, although somewhere in the middle, which in some ways is even stranger than putting it all the way at the end. [sudberg]

=Winter Rose= maybe gets away with not ever directly describing the central event; this fall of echoes is very much a McKillip structure, actually, she does it in =Riddle-Master= and =Fool's Run= and =The Night Gift= and probably more places if I think about it; but most obviously in =Winter Rose=. [sudberg]

M. John Harrison does it in =The Course of the Heart= purely on emotion, where the core event is a reaction to a realization which is itself belated--which is another neat variation. [sudberg]

=The Coachman Rat= by David Wilson is a very dark bleak conflation of "Cinderella" and "The Pied Piper of Hamelin", told from the point of view of one of rats-turned-coachman who drives Cinderella to the ball. He is abruptly ripped from his proper world and dumped into one whose rules he doesn't know, and doesn't ever figure out, and which aren't in any case at all friendly to someone without power or the beauty or knowledge which can be parlayed into power. [sudberg]

=The Adventures of Alyx= by Joanna Russ collects several short stories and one short novel about a quick-witted adventurous in generic fantasy-land who ends up on the Moon in the twenty-first century working for a bunch of time cops. The fantasy stories are about Alyx outwitting opponents, and are a sheer delight; the shift to the SF venue is simultaneously a shift to a world where Alyx's victory is no longer assured. I find it more painful than the other tales, which is not to say less good. [sudberg]

0062513362 The Multi-Orgasmic Man by Mantak Chia and Douglas Arava HarperCollins, 1996.

Tom Disch, The Castle of Indolence [about poetry] - Amy Guttmann and Dennis Thompson, Democracy and Disagreement. This is an excellent attempt to outline ways in which democracies can fruitfully approach complex and divisive moral issues. I believe it has applicability in other contexts as well. Unlike Postrel's book, this book is not afraid to address hard questions of social policy. - Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity (interesting meditations on the evolution of personal and social concepts like romance, individualism, etc.) - John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi - Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liasons Dangereuse (in P.W.K. Stone's English translation).

"The Two Faces of Tomorrow" - James Hogan

They hold up well, and sometimes I notice very good patterns in them when I reread them. For example, almost every incident in _Starman Jones_ is about how information moves in a hierarchy.

<Zhivago> for counselling 'the skilled helper' looks supurb, although I've only reviewd, rather than read it

Schmandt-Besserat's book on origin of writing?

<brknntr> Annals of the Former World is quite well-written by John McPhee. it is written very soberly, but still has twinkles of insight and a strong visionary grasp

<brknntr> you like really weird shit?
> possibly
<brknntr> pick up "strategies against architecture" (1 or 2) by Einsturzende
<Iskander> what is that like?
> sounds interesting :)
<brknntr> they're compilations
> weird in what way?
<brknntr> it's a lot of really deranged German language noisy stuff
> reminds me of dancing about architecture
<brknntr> with a lot of interesting sounds and layerings
<lispb|iss> not like Rammstien right?
<Iskander> rammstein is nice honest heavy metal

Regarding your comments on syntax vs. semantics, you may be interested in some of Jean-Yves Girard's writings. Perhaps the most gentle introduction is Girard, Lafont and Taylor's /Proofs and Types/.

Polya, How To Solve It

lakoff, talking power [fremont main]

See, for example, Bruce L. Benson's _The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State_ (1990). [Anton Sherwood]

0814713270 Bruce L. Benson, To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice

Onora O'Neill. A Question of Trust: the BBC Reith lectures 2002. CUP. 2002

0873376080 Marketing Without Advertising by Michael Phillips, Salli Rasberry

LAST AND FIRST MEN by Olaf Stapledon



Peter van Greenaway, Grafitti (a post holocaust novel supposedly written entirely in the form of grafitti on walls of ruined buildings)

We came across a gigantic bookstore and ended up in the Western Philosophy section where I began reading a book by Mircea Eliade called The Sacred and The Profane; The Nature of Religion. This book deals with how religion affects each member of society, regardless of whether they consider themselves religious. The first few pages were so interesting and thought-provoking that I purchased the book. [eveander]

There are two books, _The Reader Over Your Shoulder_ and _The Second Reader Over Your Shoulder_, that do exactly what you ask. They take a hunk of real prose, dissect it, critique it, and rewrite it. The subjects are both fiction and non-fiction. by Robert Graves and Alan Hodge [mary kuhner]

Also fun is A.P. Herbert's witty =What a Word!=, mostly battling against neologisms and phrases that Herbert thought ugly. Since this appeared back in 1935, a modern reader alternates between nodding sagely as Herbert skewers grotesque language that has since passed away, and being alarmed at his detestation for what now seems perfectly normal usage. Ah, hindsight. [dave langford]

Lawrence Lessig, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace [worth a glance, at least]

Atwood, The Robber Bride

James P. Hogan. Minds, Machines & Evolution.

The First Eden, a very nice ecological history of the Mediterranean, which has some good stuff about how the Romans overlogged the region to provide fuel and timber for ships

Doing Grammar by Max Morenberg [intro to english grammar for nonlinguists, but based on modern linguistic theory. or so it says.]

The Annotated Snark

Mary Renault

R.A. Wilson, Cosmic Trigger [nonfiction]

0471306363 "Dynamics In Document Design: Creating Texts for Readers", by Karen Shriver has some interesting refs

Sean Stewart, The Night Watch

Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen [though I'm suspicious of the title]

Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

Paul Hoffman. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers [erdos]

Lanark : A Life in 4 Books by Alasdair Gray

<OiVey> amy dyxiszyn (decision) [tightwad gazette books] ah, amazon has: Amy Dacyczyn

Twilight of the Vilp [dmost]

Lost Treasures of Infocom

0465021212 Axelrod, The Evolution of Cooperation

*Grizzy* maybe get the Ward Dean/Steven Fowkes Smart Drugs and Nutrients book.

> >ObSF: Well, not SF, but a book, and such very alien people, Bernice
> >Rubens' :A Five Year Sentence:.
> What's it about?
No way, it's an impossible book to summarize. But it includes a marriage
in which each partner makes up a schedule of sex charges (10p for a touch
on the arm, up to 50 pounds for intercourse) which holds Mon-Wed-Fri
for him and Tue-Thur-Sat for her, Sundays are free.

<ChefPogo1> demoncrat: I've got a new book you should peek at: "The temptations of evolutionary ethics" - Paul Lawrence Farber

Wayner, Disappearing Cryptography

<vio:#interesting> demon, "Algebra" by Artin

The New Strategy of Style by Winston Weathers and Otis Winchester

Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology by Valentino Braitenburg

A Humument, Tom Phillips

1880656124 Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren

0679722971 Zen in the Art of Archery

W. Ross Ashby, Design for a Brain (apparently Graydon was influenced by this. I was tempted to check it out already before I knew that.)

"VLSI Layout as Programming," (R. Sedgewick, R. J. Lipton, J. Valdes, G. Vijayan, and S. C. North), ACM Transactions of Programming Languages and Systems 5, 3, 1983.

Steeleye Span, "Spanning the Years" (music)

Paul Linebarger, Psychological Warfare

Subrecursive Programming Systems : Complexity & Succinctness (Progress in Theoretical Computer Science) by James S. Royer, John Case

Stop Stealing Sheep.

=Viking Twentieth-Century Russian Reader=

88 Songwriting Wrongs And How To Right Them, by Pat and Pete Luboff


Door Number Three - Patrick O'Leary

The Gift - Patrick O'Leary

Norton Juster, The Dot and the Line.

Egan, Our Lady of Chernobyl, Reasons to be Cheerful, Luminous

Ken MacLeod, The Star Fraction

vinge cdrom (no longer directly available)

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

Law and Economics, by Cooter and Ulen.

Stuart Chase, The Tyranny of Words

Robert Ellickson, Order Without Law

Robert Frank, Passions Within Reason: The Strategic Role of the Emotions

Robert Sugden, The Economics of Rights, Co-operation and Welfare

Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods by Asher Peres (Kluwer, 1993)

Towing Jehovah

Oliver Sacks

The Samurai, the Mounty, and the Cowboy

Jacky Fleming, Hello Boys

Ernest Gowers, The Complete Plain Words

Shaughan Lavine, Understanding the Infinite. 1994

Mary Midgly, Utopias, Dolphins, and Computers

Ricardo Semler, Maverick!

Bertrand Meyer

The Unicode Consortium, The Unicode Standard Version 2.0, Addison-Wesley 1996

Barden, Stepney, Cooper, Z in Practice

NESFA stuff

0521478170 I have many books on Category Theory. I think an excellent, gentle intro is "Conceptual Mathematics: A first introduction to categories" by F. William Lawvere, Stephen H. Schanuel. (paperback) Cambridge University Press [john baez]

Knuth: The Art of Computer Programming - Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms. The Art of Computer Programming - Volume 2: Seminumerical Algorithms. The Art of Computer Programming - Volume 3: Sorting and Searching. Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science (2nd Edition).


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