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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:39 PM

books I got for Xmas. Light reading.

The Louvre:All the Pictures - Erich Lessing, Vincent Pomarede(Costco)

Guinness Book of world records 2013

Twilight of the Elites: Christopher Hayes

The Better Angels of our Nature:Steven Pinker

The Signal and the Noise: Nate Silver

Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness, by Toure

The Rich and the Rest of Us, by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West



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Manifestor_of_Light Dec 2012 OP
applegrove Dec 2012 #1
Laura PourMeADrink Dec 2012 #2
Manifestor_of_Light Dec 2012 #3
DearHeart Dec 2012 #4

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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:27 PM

1. I loved, loved, loved the "Better Angels of Our Nature".

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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:49 PM

2. wow... you must have been very good ! Definitely want

to read Nate's book...heard him talking about it on NPR and it sounds very interesting if you are into numbers and probabilities. I wouldn't think a non-math type would like it.

enjoy

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:28 PM

3. It's got lots of graphs.

I'm not a math nerd but fortunately I live with one. He'll be happy to explain it to me. In college someone called him "Oh, that guy that speaks in equations."

He's revisiting trig and calculus and says that by studying it SLOWLY, and getting several books, he now understands it, and he finished grad school about 40 years ago. He took 40 hours of math total, BS/MS in physics.

Wanted to go into nuclear physics but the dept was dying and they didn't offer it. And his faculty advisor wouldn't let him write a paper about black holes. The prof didn't believe they existed back in 1969.

This was because they were living in an Oklahoma-shaped black hole where it sucked in ignorance and darkness.

And 40 years later, Gravity Probe B proved the existence of gravito-magnetism, as he had predicted in the early 70s. Both obey inverse-square law. Wanted to write a thesis about it, dreams were crushed.


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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:05 PM

4. You're very lucky!! Am really interested in reading "Twilight of the Elites" and

"The Rich and the Rest of Us". I need to go to Costco to see if I can find The Louvre book too!!

Enjoy!

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