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2022-05-22 10:02:43 AM  
Books?
 
2022-05-22 10:08:30 AM  
Depends on age group
 
2022-05-22 10:08:47 AM  
 
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It starts with about 8 pages of nothing but the word "F*cK*
 
2022-05-22 10:11:08 AM  
Remember, in a closed system entropy can only increase...

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2022-05-22 10:15:00 AM  
 
2022-05-22 10:33:27 AM  
Aliens, time travel, VR, and a lot of twists and turns throughout the series.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three-Body_Problem_(novel)
 
2022-05-22 10:41:30 AM  
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2022-05-22 10:47:46 AM  
Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti.
 
2022-05-22 11:07:19 AM  

unixpro: Snow Crash

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_Crash


Does it still hold up?  I read it back in like '93 and I'd already been using the Internet for a few years by that point
 
2022-05-22 11:09:14 AM  

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2022-05-22 11:12:52 AM  
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2022-05-22 11:17:23 AM  
Anything Carl Sagan. I'd point out specifically "Pale Blue Dot" because it's applicable to the sorts of questions that need to be addressed now to secure our species' future. It's a good introspective look at humanity's actual place in the universe and the smallness and fragility of Earth
 
2022-05-22 12:00:13 PM  
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2022-05-22 12:16:00 PM  
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OR
the novelization of "something something moist back-door mom VOL 9"
that I can't type on a work computer
 
2022-05-22 12:45:48 PM  
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Old but still accurate.
 
2022-05-22 12:52:40 PM  
Anarchists Cookbook
 
2022-05-22 1:08:43 PM  
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2022-05-22 1:40:50 PM  
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2022-05-22 2:03:23 PM  
An Incomplete Education: 3,684 things you should have learned but probably didn't.

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2022-05-22 2:14:19 PM  
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2022-05-22 2:20:51 PM  

A_Flying_Toaster: Aliens, time travel, VR, and a lot of twists and turns throughout the series.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three-Body_Problem_(novel)


There is no time travel in the series.

/Unless you count going into the future.

//Everything in Australia is trying to eat you.
 
2022-05-22 2:29:36 PM  
Mostly older books, but I like:

The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (the older Scheme edition), by Abelson, Sussman, and Sussman
Global Warming, by David Archer
For All Practical Purposes, by COMAP
The New Physics, by Paul Davies
QED, by Richard Feynman
Design Patterns, by Gamma et al.
How to Find a Habitable Planet, by James Kasting
At Home in the Universe, by Stuart Kauffman
Hackers, by Steven Levy
The Design of Everyday Things, by Donald Norman
The Model Thinker, by Scott Page
Spacetime Physics and Exploring Black Holes, by John Wheeler
 
2022-05-22 2:33:44 PM  
Pioneer Pottery

by Michael Cardew.

All you need to know to start making stoneware if you get marooned on an alien planet.  Or Africa.
 
2022-05-22 2:34:33 PM  
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2022-05-22 2:37:31 PM  
I'm both serious about wicked plants. It's very good to be able to identify what might harm you in your region. And I fancy it's a wicked STEM pun.
 
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2022-05-22 2:50:22 PM  
The Measure of the Universe by Isaac Asimov

Connections by James Burke
 
2022-05-22 2:56:01 PM  
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2022-05-22 2:57:55 PM  
A good book to give a person an excellent start at finding their way around the night skies. For many things binoculars are much better and less frustrating than telescopes.
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2022-05-22 3:20:40 PM  
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and everything else by Stephen Jay Gould
 
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2022-05-22 3:58:26 PM  

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2022-05-22 4:04:49 PM  
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/and another vote for Demon-Haunted World
 
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This is just one of the books that I read over and over and over and each time I did I learned something new or found some new concept that I would look up elsewhere.

"Probable-Possible, my black hen,
She lays eggs in the Relative When.
She doesn't lay eggs in the Positive Now
Because she's unable to Postulate how."


Flappity, Floppity, Flip!
The Mouse on the Mobius Strip.
The Strip revolved, The Mouse dissolved,
In a chronodimensional skip.

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2022-05-22 4:47:43 PM  
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No, you don't really need all four books of The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, but in my humble opinion, if you're a human being, you damned well ought to know how to make a passable archery kit.
If I had to chose just one of these books, it would either be The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery, or The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. The prior will feed your belly, the latter, your soul. (Gibran isn't STEM, but still educational)

/Also, Pocket Ref by Thomas J. Glover. They sell it at Ace hardware, that's how damned handy it is.
 
2022-05-22 4:54:03 PM  
I've also been wanting to pick up a set of The Thirteen Elements by Euclid, but ain't nobody got time for that.
 
2022-05-22 5:28:34 PM  
The Haynes or Chiltons manual for all vehicles owned.
 
2022-05-22 5:32:33 PM  
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It's a real page-turner
 
2022-05-22 5:36:11 PM  

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2022-05-22 5:38:10 PM  
beautifully written

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2022-05-22 5:40:00 PM  
This one is essential for engineers and researchers:

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2022-05-22 5:40:17 PM  
Philip Ball:
Life's Matrix: A Biography of Water

Really anything else by Philip Ball, but this is my favorite so far.
 
2022-05-22 5:42:58 PM  
And this one is at least as important as Probability and Statistics, if not moreso:

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2022-05-22 6:48:03 PM  
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond.
 
2022-05-22 7:00:51 PM  
I just have to say this is a great thread. I've added at least one book to my ever-growing queue. Keep them coming!
 
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