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Monay Manifest: Random books from my shelves

This week, In honor of the latest installment of hte Harry Potter insanity, I’m going to go and pull a few random books off my shelves. Out of recognition that Harry Potter will completely dominate anything in the area of fiction for a while, I’m going to stick to reality, and pull from my refrence shelves. I must start by admitting that I am a bibliophile (that means I like books, and I have a lot of them), so the random selection by no means will represent my entire library, just some choice random pull-it-off-the-shelf titles.

  1. Encylopedia of Neuroscience, Vol 1 and 2 OK, so this is two books, but hey, together they make up one. Any yes, I am a brain surgeon (or at least I was).
  2. Cladistic theory and Methodology  Want to figure out how to organize really complex data relationships? thi sis the book for you. About 400 pages of the densest theoretical reading I’ve ever done.
  3. Research Design and Statistical Analysis Yeah, so I’m a geek. Hadn’t you figured that out already?
  4. Burnham’s Celestial Handbook Ever wondered what that little dot up in the night sky is? Ever wanted to be able to locate M875? this is the book for you.
  5. Electronic Communications: Modulation and Transmission everything you ever wanted to know about signal attenuation, where corss-talk comes from, and all kinds of other fun data transmission type stuff.
  6. Design of Machine Elements If you build it they will come…….
  7. Detonation This one is just too much fun. Lots of physics and theory about pressure waves, concussions, and all the fun stuff you get when something blows up. No pictures though.
  8. Devonain Palaeoniscid Fishes Fancy words to talk about a couple of fossil fish.
  9. Artificial Intelligence, A modern Approach I keep hoping I’ll find something that will work on a politician…..
  10. Statistical and Thermal Physics Two great subjects in one book!
  11. Principles of Gene Manipulation so you want to make sure your kids have blue eyes and red hair? Or maybe you just want to invent some cool new virus?Here’s the theory behind it.
  12. Engineering Fluid Mechanics Fluid mechanics has got to be one of the craziest areas of engineering and physics there is. Better than predicting the weather because it has real use in industry.

OK, so there ya go. Plenty of geek fodder there. Maybe next week I’ll take a wander through the fiction…..


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  1. YIKES! That’s some pretty weighty stuff! I’ll be interested to see what you have in your fiction pile…

    I didn’t know you were a brain surgeon??

  2. Yep. Granted, most of the brains I operated on were sharks, but hey, that still counts, eh? And my dad was a rocket scientist – for real. He worked on the apollo missions. And my baby sister is an astrophysicist, and my older sister is a chemical engineer, Can you say “Geeks R Us”?

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