Category: Loved books

  • Loved Books: The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen J Gould

    Stephen Jay Gould is a voice that is missed in today’s world. Smart, compassionate and analytical but also with a deft capacity to write about complex ideas in an engaging way. In The Mismeasure of Man Gould stepped out of his main field of paleontology and looked at the history of attempts to measure intelligence […]

  • Loved Books: Rocannon’s World & Planet of Exile

    Paul Weimer recently had a review of Planet of Exile at Skiffy & Fanty: I love that early Le Guin story and I wanted to find my copy. I’d mentioned the odd version I had back when I wrote about Le Guin just after she died. However, I can see I misremembered some things […]

  • Loved Books: The Mind’s I

    Digging through boxes I found this ageing copy of the Mind’s I — underneath is a copy of Godel, Escher, Bach that you probably all knew that I have somewhere. The GEB doesn’t get an entry in this series because it’s a relatively new copy after the original one I owned vanished (possibly sucked into […]

  • I can sense your envy from waaayyyy over here

    It’s Christmas already here, so time to open presents: Mine! None of that ‘Spirit of Christmas is sharing’ nonsense.

  • Loved Books: The Mathematical Experience by Philip J. Davis & Reuben Hersh

    I was given this book as a Christmas present as a teenager but I had picked it out in a bookshop. It was part of a bunch of books I was given that included Anarchism by George Woodcock (since lost) and the Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland (which I still have somewhere). The difference with […]

  • Loved Books: Graphic Discovery by Howard Wainer

    A fascinatinglook  at graphs and diagrams from a historical and developmental perspective. This was one of several books I bought on an Amazon buying binge. I had enough money to buy things that sounded cool and Amazon would just magically send them to me. A dangerous, dangerous combination for both my credit card and […]

  • I Rewatched Avatar: The Last Airbender

    I loved the Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoons when they came out [Note: I haven’t seen the film and I have only seen bits of the Legend of Korra] and I was really impressed. Kids TV or TV orientated to kids has repeatedly thrown up amazing gems — clever, inventive and engaging stories that have […]

  • Loved books: Plato, Socratic Dialogues, translated by WD Woodhead

    This one I inherited and strictly speaking while I’ve read what’s in it in one form or another, I haven’t physically read most of this actual book. Somehow that dust jacket is clinging on.

  • Loved Books: Introduction to Logic by Irving Copi

    This is a famous textbook on logic but I didn’t know that when I bought it… I found it on a shelf of withdrawn-from-lending books in a public library somewhere in Humberside (almost certainly the main public library in Hull but I’ve a vague memory it was somewhere more weird than that). To be honest […]

  • Loved Books: Sacred Mathematics – Japanese Temple Geometry

    I don’t own books that you could call coffee table books (also I prefer coffee in cups rather than tables) but this one has the glossiest paper and a cover that looks like it has been gift wrapped. This is a book about Sangaku ( – a topic about which I knew nothing. Reading about […]

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