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Member: jakob

CollectionsYour library (742), Currently reading (1), All collections (742)


Tagshistory (20), aviation (18), war (11), aerospace (7), fiction (5), reference (4), art (4), college (2), classics (2), maths (2) — see all tags

MediaNot set (25), Book (717), Paper Book (668)

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About meFormer aeronautical engineer and wannabe renaissance man. Towards that end I'm currently studying for a PhD in the History of Technology.

About my libraryMy aim is to try and add most of my books to this library, although I'm concentrating mainly on my specialist tomes for the moment; it's somewhat of a slow process. As I am now an academic-in-training this collection is morphing from a personal library to (part of) a working library; once I'm done adding all my current books I expect to add mostly history and history-related items, and may or may not continue to add fiction. However, as with any bibliophile, I also have a collection of random books picked up on the basis that they look interesting.

These days I tend to borrow fiction from the library, partly because with the amounts of reading I do for work the stuff I read at home tends towards the mindless entertainment. I've decided not to add the books I read for my PhD to the database, as otherwise it would get confusing and grow out of control - it's partly intended as a finding aid for myself.

I am unreasonably pleased that I have a sub-30 median library obscurity; it has been as low as 25...

GroupsMaking Light Denizens


Favorite bookstoresBook Warehouse, Holborn, Brixton Bookmongers, Judd Books, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, London Review Bookshop, Skoob Books, Waterstone's Gower Street

Favorite librariesBritish Library, Imperial College London Library, Imperial College, University of London - Aeronautics Department Library, National Art Library, Science Museum Library and Archive - London, Senate House Library, University of London


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Real nameJakob Whitfield

LocationLondon and Manchester, UK.

Favorite authorsNot set

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/jakob (profile)
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Member sinceSep 13, 2005

Currently readingWar in Human Civilization by Azar Gat

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