Apart from Animal Farm and 1984, does anyone know a good ( and possibly similar? ) George Orwell book that I could start reading?
Reading The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Tim Gowers - a "where has this been my entire life?" moment. A nice overview of the modern field itself for the relatively intelligent reader - it starts with the "nature" of mathematical research, goes on to describe the main abstractions (so far!) and our means of operating of them, detours into how the body of knowledge developed itself, and that's all I've read so far...
Treats the reader as an educated layman; more importantly, it treats the "body" of math not as the closed-minded exercise in Solving Problems school makes it to be, but as a colossal artifice to endlessly tinker within and something to be passionate about. Makes me suspect someone can be "recreational" about maths (and not just problem solving!) as much as someone can be "recreational" about foreign affairs (witness ITN) or about computers (witness PCHS) or what-have-you - the difference is in the depth required. Rigor might be a shibboleth, but the game remains just as creative.
I did, however, have to follow along with some of his arguments on paper. I'm not blessed with an extraordinarily large working set. That shit's for real mathematicians.
He even states that up untill the age of 20 he had little contact with jews and disliked the press that at those times were against jews.He had a jew colleague at school that people bullied because of his religion but he stood against that. I am yet to find why he turned anti-semitist in the end...
Brave New World
I like to sniff books occasionally when reading them.
The different paper they're printed on, or they're age, give off a smell that really enhances the experience, especially if they're good books.
Am I the only one that does this.
I also like used book stores because they're generally cozier and friendlier than buying books from a big chain store. There's a used bookstore in my town that I've been going to for years.
I miss the smell of books, I was forced to switch to a kindle recently
Fortunately that's the only downside of it
Terry Pratchett's Snuff was a letdown.
Oh boy I just bought Hitchiker's guide to the galaxy what do I do. 5 books to keep track of now! Is it good at least? I mean, I bought them for 15 bucks, so I guess it was worth it.
Also i'm currently reading this:
Was passing through a library and thought "hey why the fuck not?", it's a shame that it rolls out ExACTLY as assassin's creed II, it pratically is AC 2 turned into a book (maybe it really is I don't know), it's a lot more emotional though, the part where Ezios' brother, father etc are killed, it made me feel really sad for him, actually, as opposed to the game. It's a lot more grittier too. It's being a good read.
The Hitchhiker's series is amazing. Fifteen bucks is the best bargain I've ever heard of.
Would you guys be willing to suggest some mystery books for me to read?
Finally read the entire asoiaf series so far.
Wow. Martin had to add that one cliff-hanger, didn't he?
Started reading Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea".
It is almost scary how he predicted the creation of submarine and mass usage of electricity.
I figured I would start with the prequel before I start the trilogy.
I'm reading The Road. Can anyone tell me about what I should expect without spoiling anything for me?
Don't expect to ever want to smile again.
What's a book I can read to look like a pretentious and massive douchebag.
Also it would be nice if it was a good book but it is not a requirement
But now seriously thinking about it if I saw someone reading something like The Divine Comedy or anything Shakespeare I'm going to assume they are reading it to look cool.
I just started reading The Catcher in the Rye, I didn't get to read it in school so I thought I'd pick it up myself. I really like it, and I can kinda relate to the character in a couple of ways, which makes it easy and interesting to read and understand. I like it a lot so far, I'm about halfway in.
Finished reading Hitchikers guide
Now should I read The Mist or Neuromancer?
Speaking of The Catcher in the Rye, I finished it a few hours ago and now I'm probably going to read Casino Royale by Ian Fleming.
Guys and gals, I'm looking for a book(series) in which magic plays a huge role.
Anyone got a tips on this matter?