had I but world enough, and time | 01.03.07

…I’d read these books that I saw at work today. An except from the reading wishlist of a librarian who knows that she’ll never be able to read everything she wants to in only one lifetime!

+ Origins of the Future: Ten Questions for the Next Ten Years – John Gribbon (adult, nonfiction, physics, science, physical sciences) Although sometimes we think that science has just about everything explained, huge important questions remain. Gribbon writes about ten vital questions currently being studied and debated by scientists that might yield some answers during the next decade.

+ The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed – Amir D. Aczel (mathematics, mathematicians, history, forgeries and mystifications) Incredibly gifted Nicolas Bourbaki was one of the finest mathematical minds of his generation, publishing papers which revolutionized Western culture. The thing is: he never existed. Aczel explores the group of French mathematicians who published their papers under this pseudonym. Sounds fascinating!

+ From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism – Fred Turner (Internet, counterculture, WELL, whole earth catalog, nonfiction) Turner explains how the counterculture lead us from Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters in the 1960’s to the dot-com bubble and modern Internet commerce. The path leads us from the Whole Earth Catalog to Wired magazine and early Net phenoms like the WELL. Social history and technology junkies should take note.

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