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About meFather of many, student of much.

About my libraryLots from college (Classics and math), plus heaps of history, flotillas of philology, flamings of philosophy, pulsars of poetry - also really large amounts of science and engineering.

GroupsBBC Radio 3 Listeners, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Diana Wynne Jones Fans, En français, Italians - Italiani, Lingua Latina, Medieval Europe, Opera, or Nobody Knows the Traubel I've Seen, Sheet Music

Favorite authorsBruce Alberts, Dante Alighieri, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Greg Bear, Richard Bradford, Norman Oliver Brown, Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Wilson C. Chin, James Clavell, Charles Norris Cochrane, Margaret Craven, Ernst Robert Curtius, Milovan Djilas, Gerald Durrell, Richard P. Feynman, George MacDonald Fraser, Domenico Gnoli, Kenneth Grahame, Brian Greene, Giovanni Guareschi, Moses Hadas, Geraldine Harris, Kim Harrison, Joseph Haydn, Gilbert Highet, Douglas Hofstadter, Paul Horowitz, A. E. Housman, John David Jackson, Diana Wynne Jones, Friedrich Kluge, Peter M. Kogge, R. A. Lafferty, Margaret Lovett, Helen MacInnes, N. W. McLachlan, Carver Mead, Warren Norwood, Rohan O'Grady, Athanasios Papoulis, Robert M. Pirsig, George Pólya, Alexander Pope, James H. Schmitz, Harold C. Schonberg, William Shakespeare, Cordwainer Smith, Clair L. Stong, Kip S. Thorne, James Thurber, Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Vernor Vinge, Judith Viorst, Cynthia Voigt, Jearl Walker, James D. Watson, John Archibald Wheeler (Shared favorites)


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I notice you have a copy of Russian Syntax, which I also have.

Are you still studying Russian? If so, you might find Practical Russian Reader helpful. It is a new book of Russian short stories with helpful exercises.

Let me know what you think of it?


So you love Jennifer Scales too?
thank for your time,
I'll keep an eye on Dick Frances, but it seems to me the cozy kind, maybe I'm wrong
Darwin's Radio sounds good, I don't know if it fits my quest, but seems really interesting

thanks again
Hi, I’m visiting your profile , because from your tags I see you are really into thriller and mystery books.
I'm not an usual thriller or mystery reader, but from time to time I enjoy reading one and at the moment I'm just in the mood , what I'm looking for is a mystery story in which the emphasis is focused on the research aspect, for instance in The Girl Who Played With Fire the journalist had to go through a lot of old police reports or paper clippings and the like. Lately through the site www.stopyu’ , where you can look up books by quizzing jobs or other aspect, I came across mysteries with genealogists involved. I selected one, Death on the Family Tree by Patricia Sprinkle, but I ‘m not finding it particularly engaging, too cozy.
If you got what I meant , have you got some titles to suggest?
I’d rather them with not professional figures as leading characters, I mean , no policemen or detectives
Thanks in advance , both whether you willl find time to answer or not
hey frnd can we read this books
FYI, I uploaded a cover for "A Formal Feeling" in case you want to use it.
We seem to share many interests (including kids and grandkids). I hope that this is not too forward, but I thought that I might recommend Willard Espy's biography "Oysterville" to you, as you seem to be an avid Espyite (as am I).
Jamie S.
There are no pre-Civil War editions of the Jefferson translation currently on the market (to my knowledge). Here are two links to the best values now available at Abebooks, my prefered internet seller:

The first is a 1890 Eckler edition; the second a 1926 Eckler. The second is located in Ireland, thus the higher price; it might be in better condition too, judging by the description. I would contact both sellers and ask for more details on the condition. In any event, both editions are large print and thus make good reading copies and collector's items.

Thanks for your interest and All Zee Best, TCW
Thank you for accepting my friends invitation. I hope my profile has given you new insights into Volney, Jefferson and Franco-US history. I'll be glad to answer any questions regarding Volney, his views or how to purchase his books. Sometimes I've found learning about a new author is like learning a new word--once you learn it, suddenly it begins to pop up everywhere. If that happens with Volney please let me know. All Zee Best, TCW
See you have the Reckoning. I read it last summer and see how right Halberstam was THEN. Now a touchstone for this year. I am about to hit my 2,000 mark in Library Thing. I ended up putting my books in crates and am numbering them. One day...bookshelves, if I live so long.

I have actually read most of the books we share during the last year. The Money Game, by Adam Smith, another book that seems so tailored for the Meltdown. A reason for not tossing books from the past.

The Treasure Seekers, a book from my childhood I always loved. Oswald is such a right on fellow.
I probably would never have stumbled upon your ginormous library, but for our sharing a book I just bought, Before the Dawn by Eugenio Zolli. Another couple of not-so-common favorites of mine which we share include The Emperor's Winding Sheet -- I love that book!, and Anno's Alphabet.
Hi! I notice we have many parallel interests: 1) I read German about as well as English, and hobble along in Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, and even less well in Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, and Polish. I'm trying to revive school taught Latin (Aeneid) and am plugging away in Greek (Thucydides). For a while I tried doing Arabic but haven't got very far. 2) I love mathematics and did applied physics for a living. 3) I'm a musician playing semi-professional classical gigs on most winds and stumble around on piano. With my parents (both now dead) I put together a large collection of early musical instruments (late 18th and 19th century), that my father and I restored, most of which we gave to Duke University. I am somewhat of an expert in the acoustics of wind instruments, and at one time thought when I retired I'd get a bunch of patents on some of my inventions and then go into business selling significantly improved winds (but no longer have the stamina to do much more than dream of what might have been). 4) I love art, but no longer paint, and instead, collect art books and occasionally go to shows. 5) I love exotic electronic circuits and do Spice and Mathcad simulations that I occasionally turn into hardware and/or papers, mostly for my own amusement, occasionally for profit. 6) I am fascinated by the history of science in general, but at the moment, am dabbling in early Greek/Alexandrian astronomy, and in the development of the astrolabe by the Arabic community. 7) When tired, I read a lot of history and semi-serious biography; I used to read "Literature" but find I really can't keep up with all the latest. 8) When thoroughly exhausted, I sometimes go down into my cellar machine-shop and pretend that I really do know how to do precision work (although I do really know better).

I'm guessing that I have over 8,000 books. I used to fancy that I had total recall and knew where everything was. I now find that no longer to be the case, and much too late, am starting to reshelve things by subject, alphabetically by author, but get bogged down in fitfully building bookcases and in trying to catalog everything. I'd be interested to know how you've managed to cope with 12,000!

Thanks for the thread on ISBNs and UPCs. I dropped five dollars on a CueCat and have been scanning away; once I read of what you were doing with the Excel file, I reverse-cobbled together my own version to translate UPCs into ISBNs. It's not a masterpiece of design, with =mid, =concatenate, and some =vlookup scattered here and there. The hard part was the checksum; I used a brute force method with multiple columns and =mod (I was a liberal arts major; it took some time to remember what a modulus was, and to subtract from 11). Without your thread, I would have wasted the CueCat and hand-keyed in the ISBN. Thanks for the guidance.
Hello Patent Nonsense,

Thanks for accepting my friend invitation.


Thank you for the recommendation of The World of the Huns: Studies in Their History and Culture by Otto J. Maenchen-Helfen. It arrived today, and appears to be a remarkable work of scholarship. The final chapter of background by another author will be helpful in filling in some long lost gaps. I am most appreciative!
We seem to share a taste in analogue computer books. Most of mine are missing the jackets, do you plan to scan yours? I see that you have Stong's Scientific American Book of Experiments (also missing its jacket!). Wasn't it a great column in a great magazine in the 60's: how to make rockets, irradiate metals with beta rays from an accelerator to make them radioactive. The only experiemnts in it now are done with a PC. Shame. No wonder engineering as a profession is decaying.

Totally agree with your review on Book of Lost Things. Loved it right up until the ending then I thought it was a let-down. Are they making a film of it now?
Added cover image for Harold Bloom / Shelley's mythmaking -- FYI.
Your review of Pullman's Amber Spyglass as "half baked Blake" I thought a hoot. And I agree, although I gave it a higher rating.
Oops, its actually by Phil Alger, another motor pioneer.

I am now in Blacksburg VA working with a startup on motor designs. I worked for Emerson Motors for 13 years.
Yes I am in the IEEE. I am presently the committee chair of the Electric Machines Committee of the Industry Application Society. I started on this path in 1993 and I worked for the Westinghouse motors company, now the TECO/Westinghouse Motor Company back then. They have the shop order files from the old Westinghouse days from East Pittsburgh and Buffalo works. Buried deep in there is supposedly Shop Order # 1 for an induction motor built first by Westinghouse.

I find the battles between Edison and Tesla, through Westinghouse fascinating. Two giant, make that three giant egos battling it out. Tesla claimed so many things that it is really hard to discern what are viable and what aren't. Its too bad he was such a bad businessman.

Kron is one of my personal heroes, he is a Don Quixote of his day. His tensor analysis of machines, breaking things down to primitive networks is the precursor of a lot of the modern motor drive control theories, except nobody would give him credit becasue he was so far ahead of his time. H. H. Happ wrote a biography of Kron, I have a copy of it somewhere, it is very interesting and remarkable. I tried to incorporate his tensor analysis into my PhD work but couldn't get past the math, now I am older maybe I am mature enough to understand the math.

You clients don't ring a bell, maybe if you can tell me what kind of motor controls they did I may remember.
We seem to share quite a few books. Are you a electric machine designer too?
Hi there,

thank you for your message! I'm working on getting Italian working better...It shouldn't take too long. Let's wait and see... I've been cataloging many books manually, and it really is in my personal interest to get that work!

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