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About meI love books -- what they stand for and even their physical presence. Books liberate ideas from time, place, and person. In an age of cheap, quick, and time-consuming filler media, books stand the test of time and deliver lucid thought at a slower pace.
I discovered LibraryThing at the end of college to catalog some of the more important books that I owned throughout my studies and answer the question, "What is my bibliography?". Using this site also allowed me to part with some of those books physically. Since then, I have continued to add to the catalog at varying levels of commitment. More recently, I have been using it to pace myself through my long reading list and update my status regularly.
To improve my focus on and memory of books that I read, I made a deal with myself to write reviews on each book I catalog and finish. If I do, I treat myself to another book!
About my libraryMy library is filled with technical books, but there is some literature scattered in there. The central topic is clearly math.
I also maintain a library here: https://openlibrary.org/people/binary10
I strive to find books that are "not psychologically identical" like Feynman describes:
"Theories of the known... may be equivalent in all their predictions and hence scientifically indistinguishable. However, they are not psychologically identical when trying to move from that base into the unknown. For different views suggest different kinds of modifications which might be made and hence are not equivalent in the hypotheses one generates from them in one's attempt to understand what is not yet understood."
- Richard Feynman, 1966
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Member sinceMay 23, 2010
Currently readingMinitab Cookbook by Isaac Newton