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Happy Book Lovers Day

08/09/2017 1:49 PM

I should have known, given my former occupation (librarian). Feel free to nominate a science, engineering, or technical book you've particularly enjoyed lately, or that has proven useful on the job. Happy Book Lovers Day!

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Re: Happy Book Lovers Day

08/09/2017 2:08 PM

Anything by Erik Larson, esp. Dead Wake and Thunderstruck.

The Great Bridge: the Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, by David McCullough.

Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla, by Marc J. Seifer

Great topic!!

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08/09/2017 2:43 PM

My senior year in High School, I had taken a heavy course load to gain enough credits to graduate mid term.

Instead I stayed, and only took 3 courses my last semester which consisted of (2) shop classes, and a librarian assistant.

I didn't care for it too much, but they did pass me with a 'D', just due to the fact, as I was putting the books away, I'd start reading it. I did a lot of reading (Fiction, Technical, History) and loved it.

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08/09/2017 3:43 PM

I think my latest was a ebook on collector marbles......by Paul Baumann ...Collecting Antique Marbles: Identification and pricing guide ...I have an extensive collection.

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08/09/2017 4:03 PM

Support the book!

I've heard people say " a book I'm reading" in reference to an audiobook."

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08/09/2017 4:55 PM

Pocket Ref - Wikipedia

If it isn't in here, you don't need to know it.

Second would be Machinery 's Handbook 27th Edition, or any edition.

Of course, Al Gore's invention, the Internet, has negated the need for most actual, hold in your hand, books.

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08/09/2017 5:09 PM

Mario Salvadori's books, Why Buildings Fall Down and Why Buildings Stand Up, give an understanding of engineering concepts to a lay readership.

For a philosophical or meditative take, Samuel C. Florman's The Existential Pleasures of Engineering is a good read.

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08/10/2017 8:16 AM

TERRIFIC suggestions, folks! I'm adding them to my list ... some of which will be there until retirement. Or vacation.

I appreciate phoenix911's comment about reading books before he shelved them. I can identify with that.

Impressive marble collection, SolarEagle.

And JE in Chicago, I've never known what to say when I'm listening to an audiobook. "Reading" isn't accurate, in part because an audiobook is a performance, sort of like a radio play. The experience isn't the same as reading print for oneself. It can be just as good, but different.

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08/10/2017 12:41 PM

Thanks, that's just the tip of the iceberg....

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08/10/2017 8:30 AM

In college, I loved the Technical Magazine.... dealing in Magnetizes, Light,... mostly physics... I loved it...

When I got our of college, my reading dropped to next to nil...

Then I had a Stroke about 12 years ago,... lost 95% sight in one eye 50% sight in the other... and my right side Arms/leg went dead... while my sight returned after a few days where I could make out shapes it took 6 months where it was relatively normal as well as my mobility.

I found a book I had bought "The DaVinci Code' by Dan Brown, about a few years prior, but never had time to read it... so I started...it took a while to get through it,... had to keep rereading paragraphs because I couldn't retain what I read... when I finally finished, I saw it as rehab, and I started reading more....

I read a series of books from Mathew Reilly, he wrote adventure, Sci-Fi stuff similar to a James Bond/Indiana Jones compilation. started as a struggle, but I ended up reading a number of books, where it got easier for me.

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08/10/2017 10:47 AM

Merck Index

Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook

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08/10/2017 11:19 AM

Some of the books and magazines I enjoyed reading,,

1. Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery series.

2. Tabers cyclopedic medical dictionary.

3. The bulletin of atomic scientists, the journal of the American medical association, Omni magazine.

4. The boys book of radio and Electronics ( Alfred Morgan )

5. Modern refrigeration and air conditioning.

Just to name a few.

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