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Old 12-05-2012, 11:28 PM #1
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Christmas or Holiday Reading List

What books (and other nerdy intellectual things) will you be treating yourself to this year for the holiday season? I got a couple books in mind, but I'm also using this thread to fish for a couple more.

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Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers
Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings
Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
A mid ranged book on logic (not sure which yet)

Kinda all over the map this year. What about you?!?!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:12 AM #2
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For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin is a really good book. The science isn't too heavy and it's mostly his autobiography with explanations of the physics that captivates him.



Any of the Six Easy/Not so Easy Pieces books by Feynman are great for an intuitive approach to physics without getting equation happy.

A little more advanced books that you'll need wikipedia to churn through.

Particle or Wave: The Evolution of the Concept of Matter in Modern Physics (History of Science Physics) by Charis Anastopoulos covers a lot of quantum mechanics and how the ideas were formulated. Lots of history and famous physics you don't see discussed outside of the major.

Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula: Cures Many Mathematical Ills by Paul J. Nahin is an exploration of Euler's really handy formula that's invaluable to engineers, physicists and applied mathematicians as you use it so damn much. He has plenty of other books that are great and it's a very conversational book, though it can get pretty math heavy.

My reading list for my long flight is going to be Div, Grad, Curl, and All That: An Informal Text on Vector Calculus by H. M. Schey just to round out my vector calculus education.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:12 AM #3
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I'll probably be reading the labels of empty bottles of whiskey from the floor of my home this Christmas.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:07 PM #4
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I'll probably be reading the labels of empty bottles of whiskey from the floor of my home this Christmas.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:38 PM #5
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I'll probably be reading the labels of empty bottles of whiskey from the floor of my home this Christmas.
Can I join?
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:58 PM #6
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You can sleep on my couch if you promise to sit at the piano and play mood music according to what's happening at any particular moment in the house.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:04 PM #7
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Me + piano = no bueno

Gimme a guitar and I'll make your house sing
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:24 PM #8
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Me + piano = no bueno

Gimme a guitar and I'll make your house sing
Deal.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:13 PM #9
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I just realized I made this thread last year...
http://www.pbnation.com/showthread.p...hlight=holiday
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