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Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh
McSweeney's #30
Dave Eggers, McSweeney's Publishing
Evelyn Waugh
Dave Eggers, McSweeney's Publishing
January 2014
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July 2013
reviewed: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife - Mary Roach
March 2013
reviewed: Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity
A wonderful assortment of topics and a friendly, engaging style don't quite make up for informal & too-brisk discussions of i...
Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity - James P. Sethna
reviewed: Elementary Statistical Physics
Concise and elegant but, as an autodidact mathematician and engineer, sometimes difficult to approach.
Elementary Statistical Physics - Charles Kittel
reviewed: Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics
A beautifully-written book. Not a reference, but a rare scientific text to learn from.
Window to the Past: The Washington State Historical Society's First Century - John M. McClelland Jr.
finished reading:
December 2012
reviewed: First Course in Probability, A (7th Edition)
Undergraduate text with lots and lots of really good examples.
A First Course in Probability - Sheldon M. Ross
June 2012
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June 2012
reviewed: All of Statistics: A Concise Course in Statistical Inference
All of Statistics: A Concise Course in Statistical Inference (Springer Texts in Statistics) - Larry Wasserman
April 2012
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October 2011
reviewed: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Bemusing and mildy enlightening.
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
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September 2011
reviewed: The Brothers Karamazov
This totally blew my mind when I was 16. And I'm sure I totally didn't understand it.
Intellectual Property Rights In China: Politics Of Piracy, Trade And Protection - Gordon C.K. Cheung
reviewed: A Wrinkle in Time
Totally didn't notice the christian stuff when I was a kid.
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
September 2011
reviewed: The Inverted World: A Novel
I gorged myself on stuff like this in middle school and I found I had a soft spot for it, even if sometimes the pacing was sl...
The Inverted World - Christopher Priest
August 2011
reviewed: Omon Ra
Pretty awesome. Huge personal plus as a direct consequence of bicycle references. I love the "light touch" of the imagery.
Omon Ra - Victor Pelevin, Andrew Bromfield
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December 2010
reviewed: Introduction to Topology and Modern Analysis
this is supposed to be fantastic. if you can find it.
Introduction to Topology and Modern Analysis - George F. Simmons
October 2010
reviewed: The Principles of Mathematical Analysis (International Series in Pure & Applied Mathematics)
great summary of classical analysis... not so wonderful to learn from.
The Principles of Mathematical Analysis (International Series in Pure & Applied Mathematics) - Walter Rudin
reviewed: Topology (2nd Edition)
Among the best mathematical texts I've ever read... really, fun to read.
Topology - James R. Munkres
reviewed: Heart of a Dog
nice nice nice nice
Heart of a Dog - Mikhail Bulgakov, Mirra Ginsburg
reviewed: Complex Analysis
Applications as I recall are pretty much strictly to pure math (# theory, etc), but I thought this was a great presentation o...
Complex Analysis - Elias M. Stein, Rami Shakarchi
reviewed: Probability with Martingales
one of my favorite math texts, but it's definitely that. not a lot of "practical" examples - if by practical we mean computat...
Probability with Martingales (Cambridge Mathematical Textbooks) - David      Williams
reviewed: An Introduction to Probability Theory and Its Applications, Vol. 1, 3rd Edition
i admit, this is as good as everything says it is.
Saddletramp: From Ottoman Hills to Offa's Dyke - Jeremy James
reviewed: Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos: With Applications To Physics, Biology, Chemistry, And Engineering (Studies in Nonlinearity)
great source of examples, and a great way to build intuition for more abstract stuff. i could do with more "proofs", but it's...
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering - Steven H. Strogatz
reviewed: The Master and Margarita
enjoyed it a super-lot!
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov, Diana Burgin, Katherine Tiernan O'Connor
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