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Which books do you take?

  1. Nov 19, 2011 #1
    You have been chosen by aliens to build a new human civilization on another planet in an adjacent solar system and you are allowed to take 3 books on your shelf right now, which ones do you take?

    1. The Road to Reality

    2. The Princeton Companion to Mathematics

    3. Cosmos
     
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  3. Nov 19, 2011 #2

    Pengwuino

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    I'd bring a Kindle.
     
  4. Nov 19, 2011 #3
    The bible.

    Key to power
     
  5. Nov 19, 2011 #4
    So which three books on your kindle?
     
  6. Nov 19, 2011 #5

    Pengwuino

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    I'd hide the kindle inside 1 hollowed out book storing 1/3 of all the books ever written. I would proceed to buy 2 more kindles and do similar things for the other 2 books.
     
  7. Nov 19, 2011 #6

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    1. Physicsforums
    2. Google
    3. Wikipedia

    Oh darn! These aren't books!
    My intelligence is going to suffer!!
     
  8. Nov 19, 2011 #7
    1. Pimsleur Alienian.
    2. Swiss Navy Survival Guide.
    3. To Serve Aliens.
     
  9. Nov 19, 2011 #8
    Bible, King Lear, and the Encyclopedia Britannica

    Sorry, it's more than a "book," but I can fit it on a thumb drive. As I'm bringing it, you'll just have to cope. :)
     
  10. Nov 19, 2011 #9
    "Steal This Book", Abbie Hoffman
    "The Secrets Of Houdini" by J. C. Cannell
    "Alien Abduction Escape" by Steve Schultz
     
  11. Nov 19, 2011 #10
    Hahahaha!
     
  12. Nov 19, 2011 #11
    If I look at the shelf now they would be
    The River Cottage Year
    Nigel Slater's Real Food \
    Katie Stewart Times Cookery Book
    It's a bummer to read PF on a laptop in the kitchen.

    In a better room
    Complete Shakespear
    King James Bible
    Other Men's Flowers
     
  13. Nov 19, 2011 #12

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    1) Feynman lectures on physics
    2) Biology - Campbell
    3) Introduction to psychology - Atkinson
     
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  15. Nov 19, 2011 #14

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    What's this?
    Are you working through the Feynman lectures?
    Good! I definitely recommend them! :smile:
     
  16. Nov 19, 2011 #15
    It's said that Abraham Lincoln had just three books available to him in his formative years: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, the King James Bible and an arithmetic textbook. (Of course, he grew up to be a lawyer.)
     
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  17. Nov 19, 2011 #16
    I'm suprised it took 12 replies to say the Feynman lectures. That's one book that i will definitely take.
     
  18. Nov 19, 2011 #17

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    And that from a mathematician!!! :biggrin:
     
  19. Nov 19, 2011 #18
    Textbooks, Textbooks and Textbooks. :biggrin:

    What else do i have to study? :rofl:
     
  20. Nov 19, 2011 #19

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    Oh, you need the book that explains how to study books!
     
  21. Nov 19, 2011 #20
    Where can i find this book? :rofl:
     
  22. Nov 19, 2011 #21

    enigma

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    If I'm going to start a new human civilization, then the only book I'd need to bring is the Kama Sutra
     
  23. Nov 19, 2011 #22

    Dembadon

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    The following will be required reading for every single person in my new civilization:

    1. How to Solve It - Polya

    2. The Feynman Lectures on Physics - Duh

    3. Calculus - Spivak

    The inability to reason and solve problems will not be tolerated in my new civilization. If one is found to lack these skills by the age of 18, then they will either be given to the aliens to be used in experiments, or fed to the animals.
     
  24. Nov 19, 2011 #23

    eumyang

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    Hmm...

    1) Bible (NABRE)
    2) Encyclopedia Brittanica (on DVD, which means I'll need my laptop too :biggrin:)
    3) a portable hard drive with PDF's containing all the musical scores that I can find, and as many MP3's as I can fit (I like classical music)
     
  25. Nov 19, 2011 #24

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    Urkel... I never had Spivak... and I'm already over 18! :eek:
     
  26. Nov 19, 2011 #25
    Hmmm, I don't think I want to live in your civilization then :bugeye:
     
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