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The Russian Interpreter by Michael Frayn
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The most interesting part of this story is the love that is carried through an interpreter, who himself seems to be in love. It makes for odd reading.

The girl character comes off as a make-believe character; the conversation between the two men are e...more
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Natbas is on page 20 of 208 of Maps of My Life: "I discovered that Niagara Falls is much less impressive in the rain, especially heavy rain: it's just another downpour"
Maps of My Life
Maps of My Life
by Guy Browning
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Made to Stick by Chip Heath
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There are two parts to ideas- the part where you tell something, and the part that sticks in their head: now, if you are telling someone something, it means you want to get the idea across- how do you do it?
This is where this book comes in.

I hope the...more
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The Story of Philosophy by Bryan Magee
The Story of Philosophy
by Bryan Magee
read in May, 2009
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[image] The Great Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy by Bryan Magee

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Starting from Socrates, and going on to Plato, Aristotle and so on upto Wittgenstein, this book of conversations covers the mainstream of Western Philoso...more
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The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen
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Unknown Quantity by John Derbyshire
Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra
by John Derbyshire
recommended for: people interested in ideas
read in November, 2008
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I am reading a book on Maths, I am about to finish it, and in this book, I found a superb passage:

"I remain completely confident that the labor I have expended on the science presented here and which

hasd emanded a significant part of my life as well...more
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Ian McMillan by Ian McMillan
Ian McMillan: Selected Poems
by Ian McMillan
recommended for: People who don't demand straightforward poetry, but would risk ambiguity
read in October, 2008
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I did not understand the poetry of Ian McMillan, but his lines stick in the mind. They are memorable. They look jumbled up,

images with words, but there is some order to it, which I could not fathom.

Here are some lines I found exceptionally good:

"A d...more
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Robert F. Kennedy
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Robert F. Kennedy

Arthur Stanley Eddington
“We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.”
Arthur Stanley Eddington

Bill Bryson
“Tune your television to any channel it doesn't receive and about 1 percent of the dancing static you see is accounted for by this ancient remnant of the Big Bang. The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember that you can always watch the birth of the universe.”
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

Stephen Hawking
“Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?”
Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Johannes Kepler
“I used to measure the skies, now I measure the shadows of Earth.
Although my mind was sky-bound, the shadow of my body lies here.

[Epitaph he composed for himself a few months before he died]”
Johannes Kepler

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