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Old 12-04-2008, 06:19 AM   #91
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The Education of Henry Adams. I had to write an essay on a quote from this book earlier this week. It's freely available though Google's online book archive so I thought I'd read it.

Tex: I read 2/3rds of the way though Xenocide while on a vacation awhile back. I inadvertantly left the book in a rental van. So much for completing that read...lol.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:55 AM   #92
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Re-reading Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan because it was lying around and I got bored. Kind of a cross between Phillip K Dick and Dashiel Hammet, with a hint of William Gibson style genetic engineering.

I like that he really considers the implications of the tech he invents, the impact it has on society and how people see the world. The tech thoroughly affects his character's worldview on a deep and subconcious level.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:25 PM   #93
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 University Physics - Young & Freedman
Yes I have that one too, used it a lot. Quite good, maybe even comparable to the Feynman Lectures of Physics!

Currently reading;
Still reading "Revolt in the Desert" (about the Arab revolt), by T.E. Lawrence.

Also reading: "The pleasure of finding things out" by Richard P. Feynman.
(you can find the videos of the interviews on which this book is based on Youtube as well)

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Old 12-05-2008, 01:38 PM   #94
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The Ancestors Tale by Richard Dawkins
A little over 2 months later, and I'm still not even halfway through this book!

Bloody good though.
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:54 PM   #95
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A book about Robert Goddard. After that I'll be reading about Wernher Von Braun.

Case for Mars is very good. Not too technical, but provides plenty of details.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:04 PM   #96
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Just finished a classic... War and Peace.....WHEW...what a book!
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:10 PM   #97
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Reading "Gödel, Escher, Bach".
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:42 PM   #98
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I could've swore somebody in this thread steared me towards Jack McDevitt's Eternity Road, but I can't find any references to it on Orbiter-Forum.

Anyway, it somehow made its way to my Amazon wish list and I got it for Christmas, so that's what I'm reading. So far so good. It's about a future time in which most of humanity has been wiped out by a plague and the descendants of the survivors are rebuilding civilization in North America, but have almost no knowledge of those who created the ruins and roads across the continent. A party of them goes on a quest to find a mythical hiding place where the knowledge of the old civilization (that's us) is supposedly stored.

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Old 01-24-2009, 12:48 AM   #99
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Re-reading the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, on book 19 "Hundred Days." Love this series.

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Old 01-30-2009, 03:08 AM   #100
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Just started reading Longitude by Dava Sobel, the story of the first practicle clock that could be used aboard ships at sea for finding longitude. Foreward written by Neil Armstrong (whose shipboard clock, BTW was an Omega Speedmaster watch).

Cool story, it starts out discussing the great astronomers and how they tried using the moons of Jupiter as a clock to find the time in Greenwich. I had thought of this idea myself, but Gallileo and others tried it and found it impracticle for ships, since it requires clear sky, Jupiter visiblilty, and a dead calm sea to keep the telescope steady. But it works fine on land, and was used to map the Americas before John Harrison's famous clocks finally solved the problem at sea.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:23 AM   #101
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i am reading Brisigner by Christopher Paolini
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:26 PM   #102
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"Voyage" by Stephen Baxter, an alternate-history book about what might have happened had the US government not decided that travel to Mars was apparently a waste of time.
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:57 PM   #103
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See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:54 PM   #104
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Almost finished reading Night, by Elie Wiesel, in school.
We read Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, before that.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:58 PM   #105
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Currently in the middle of Stand,by Stephen King.
Longitude is a good book ,I agree.
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