Which books do you take?

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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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I'd bring a Kindle.
 
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The bible.

Key to power
 
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So which three books on your kindle?
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.
 
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1. Physicsforums
2. Google
3. Wikipedia

Oh darn! These aren't books!
My intelligence is going to suffer!!
 
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1. Pimsleur Alienian.
2. Swiss Navy Survival Guide.
3. To Serve Aliens.
 
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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. :)
 
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"Steal This Book", Abbie Hoffman
"The Secrets Of Houdini" by J. C. Cannell
"Alien Abduction Escape" by Steve Schultz
 
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"Steal This Book", Abbie Hoffman
"The Secrets Of Houdini" by J. C. Cannell
"Alien Abduction Escape" by Steve Schultz
Hahahaha!
 
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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
 
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1) Feynman lectures on physics
2) Biology - Campbell
3) Introduction to psychology - Atkinson
 
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1) Feynman lectures on physics
What's this?
Are you working through the Feynman lectures?
Good! I definitely recommend them! :smile:
 
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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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1) Feynman lectures on physics
2) Biology - Campbell
3) Introduction to psychology - Atkinson
I'm suprised it took 12 replies to say the Feynman lectures. That's one book that i will definitely take.
 
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I'm suprised it took 12 replies to say the Feynman lectures. That's one book that i will definitely take.
And that from a mathematician!!! :biggrin:
 
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Textbooks, Textbooks and Textbooks. :biggrin:

What else do i have to study? :rofl:
 
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Textbooks, Textbooks and Textbooks.

What else do i have to study?
Oh, you need the book that explains how to study books!
 
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Oh, you need the book that explains how to study books!
Where can i find this book? :rofl:
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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)
 
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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.
Urkel... I never had Spivak... and I'm already over 18! :eek:
 
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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.
Hmmm, I don't think I want to live in your civilization then :bugeye:
 

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