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About meAfter having graduated in Applied Physics, and worked as a researcher in neurophysiology, building computer models of neural networks, I spent the rest of my working life in the the IT industry. Being retired, I now have time for my hobbies: books, languages and grandchildren. First, I took up French where I had left it at school, and continued it at the Univ. of Stockholm with a Master thesis, doing a "computational linguistics" study of the old french used by Villehardouin and Robert de Clari (see authors in LT) in their chroniques of the conquest of Constantinople in 1204.

From old French, I continued onto Latin, Roman history and history of Christianity. From there I have moved on to the religion and atheism, origin of life and evolution.

More recently, I have moved on to my old loves, which had been forsaken for so long, and where much had happened since I visited them last: genetics and microbiology, cosmology, particle physics, quantum theory and its history, astronomy and its history.

By chance, I read a book about the Silk Road, which led me to study that subject more in detail, which led to books about Central Asia, Pakistan, India, Hinduism,and Sanskrit...
Then I happened to read Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which led to English history, following it back through the Norman Conqeust to Anglo-Saxon times. And now I am just thrilled by Old English and Beowulf!
...Where this journey will end, nobody knows...

About my libraryThe largest part of my book collection is probably still french litterature, grammar, history, old french and latin. But the science part is gradually increasing. And recently, it's a lot of books about atheism, religion and history.

GroupsCombiners!, Historical Fiction, History Fans, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, Lingua Latina, Romance Languages, Skeptic's book club, Swearing, Swedish Thing

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Jean d'Aillon, Honoré de Balzac, Alain De Botton, Ferdinand Brunot, André Castelot, Nina Catach, Cicero, William Dalrymple, Richard Dawkins, Alain Decaux, Denis Diderot, Maurice Druon, Alexandre Dumas, Umberto Eco, Richard P. Feynman, Max Gallo, George Gamow, Stephen Jay Gould, John Gribbin, Peter Hopkirk, Horace, Victor Hugo, Hans Küng, G. Lenotre, Colleen McCullough, Robert Merle, Jules Michelet, Rohinton Mistry, V. S. Naipaul, Amélie Nothomb, Michel Onfray, Abraham Pais, Georges Perec, Michel Peyramaure, Salman Rushdie, Stendhal, Eugène Sue, Paul Theroux, St. Thomas Aquinas, Henriette Walter, Marina Yaguello, Carl Zimmer, Émile Zola, Michel Zévaco (Shared favorites)

Favorite listsGreat Books About Language

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Real nameHans Nilsson

LocationVaxholm, Sweden

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Member sinceNov 26, 2006

Currently readingBeowulf: A New Translation by Seamus Heaney
Njals saga by Lars Lönnroth
Färder till Sveriges födelse : en samlingsutgåva by Mats G. Larsson
Gryningssång i gräset by Thor Vilhjálmsson

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