What are you reading?

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maskaggs wrote: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:54 pm At the moment I'm reading The Sprawl by Jason Diamond, on the history and cultural meaning of suburbia. I have a review of the book in the works...
looking forward to reading it when you get a chance to post.

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fallingwickets wrote: Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:33 am
maskaggs wrote: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:54 pm At the moment I'm reading The Sprawl by Jason Diamond, on the history and cultural meaning of suburbia. I have a review of the book in the works...
looking forward to reading it when you get a chance to post.

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brothers wrote: Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:07 am I think my next book will be The Apostle by Brad Thor. Nothing like GIM to be sure. But there's nothing that puts me to sleep every night as fast as a good book. Out like a light.
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I had this as a text book at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. It was about how to be an effective supervisor, with many "what should you do in this situation?" examples.
At the beginning of the semester the instructor warned us that it was guaranteed to put you to sleep, and he was totally right.
It was spooky.
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I've been spending a lot of time with two books lately, re-reading and pondering many parts several times over. One is fiction ("First Person" by Richard Flanagan) and one is non-fiction ("What is Reality?" by Adam Becker).

"First Person" is about a young, struggling writer who gets a break through a short, intense job ghost writing a book for a major con man who may also be a murderer. The young man gets entangled with the con man, and the experience ends up tainting his life. He becomes very successful in developing reality TV shows (which is something author Flanagan obviously despises), and he completely gives up on being a novelist. In the middle of this one, I learned that the novel was based on Flanagan's own experience ghost writing the memoirs of notorious Australian con man John Friedrich, though Flanagan didn't give up his art for television.

"What is Reality?" is about the foundations of quantum mechanics, centering on the Copenhagen Interpretation, the E-P-R thought experiment (which becomes a real-world experiment, with exciting results), Everett's Many-Worlds interpretation, David Bohm's pilot wave version of the Schrödinger equation, and Bell's Inequality. It goes heavily into the "sociology" and history of modern science, showing how a very strong personality like Neils Bohr can exert a huge amount of influence. For many years, it was career suicide to explore quantum foundations before becoming a tenured professor.
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Hidden Order - Admittedly, this is just light diversional reading to take one's mind off the crazy times some folks are experiencing these days.
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Just started the biography of Sam Houston. This author was selected by Houston, and the book was published in 1855. For the mathematicians, that's 165 years ago. 😁 The language and style takes some getting used to. I am enjoying the book, and the subject himself led an amazing life. He always seemed to know exactly what to do and always told the truth. Houston hated politics. He didn't seek fame or fortune, he just stood for what was right and didn't back down.
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