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Favorite All Time Book(s)

  1. Jul 21, 2006 #1
    What is your favorite? You can have more than one favorite :biggrin:.

    My favorites are :

    "Fooled by Randomness" By Nassim Taleb
    "Atlas Shrugged" By Ayn Rand

    (I didn't read too many books so those might not be that good since it was a small sample)
     
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  3. Jul 21, 2006 #2

    arildno

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    I guess it must be "Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R Tolkien
    Another favourite re-read is "Maurice" by E.M. Forster.
     
  4. Jul 21, 2006 #3

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    Noddy goes to toy town, any thing beyond that is a strech for the imagination :biggrin:
     
  5. Jul 21, 2006 #4
    Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh. It may not be the best book ever written, but it has played a very special role in my life.
     
  6. Jul 21, 2006 #5

    arildno

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    First book you read?
    Wrote love poems in it??

    What role??
    I'm piqued..positively sizzled by curiosity.
     
  7. Jul 21, 2006 #6
    Well, I had absolutely no idea of what mathematics was all about before reading it. It doesn't mean that I'm really good at it now, but I'm way better than what I would've been if I hadn't read that book.
     
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    "The Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan

    I'm actually re-reading the Knife of Dreams book as we speak.
     
  9. Jul 21, 2006 #8

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    My favorite books... great question. Let me think for a bit...

    The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Feynman
    Applied Cryptography by Schneier
    Snow Crash by Stephenson
    Heart of Darkness by Conrad
    The Cave Divers by Burgess

    and surely many more.. I'll have to go through my bookshelves at home and recall my old favorites.

    - Warren
     
  10. Jul 21, 2006 #9
    Watership Down by Richard Adams, followed closely by Master and Margarita by Bulgakov
     
  11. Jul 21, 2006 #10

    Hootenanny

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    "The First Casualty", Ben Elton. Witty beyond belief
     
  12. Jul 21, 2006 #11
    What kind of background do I need to understand this?
     
  13. Jul 21, 2006 #12

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    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams :rofl:

    I've got my towel ready and my electronic thumb is always on. :biggrin:
     
  14. Jul 21, 2006 #13
    How to Profit from the Coming Boom in Nuclear Technology, by Effasin Frank.
     
  15. Jul 21, 2006 #14
    The Trial - Kafka
    Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Nietzsche
    The Stranger - Camus
    The Convenant - James Michener


    The list would be longer, but I restricted myself to my favorite of each author. First and third should be no surprise I imagine :rolleyes: .

    @Physics_wiz -- Ayn Rand? :yuck: To each his own i suppose.
     
  16. Jul 21, 2006 #15
    I'm not all that big on reading books. That's not to say I dont like them, but I don't love them either.
     
  17. Jul 21, 2006 #16

    chroot

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    It shows.

    - Warren
     
  18. Jul 21, 2006 #17
    Thanks, I try. Does Dr. Seuss count as a literary masterpiece?
     
  19. Jul 21, 2006 #18
    I never got that book. At all :uhh:
     
  20. Jul 21, 2006 #19

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    Me neither. Is it something with us?
     
  21. Jul 21, 2006 #20

    Ivan Seeking

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    In part, comedy is the art of surprising people. HHGTTG is an exercise in witty surprises.

    My all time favorites:
    I would include Hitchhikers Guide
    Childhood's End
    Ringworld
    Aztec
    One of my favorite short stories is Shottle Bop

    IMO, one should be careful about spending too much time with one's nose in fiction. And much of the classical literature will leave you isolated and needing Prozac. Of course, most people here are probably already relatively isolated by their love of science.
     
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