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Donald Ervin Knuth is an American computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is the 1974 recipient of the ACM Turing Award, informally considered the Nobel Prize of computer science. He is the author of the multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming.
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Mountains Beyond Mountains
Tracy Kidder - Aug 31, 2004 (first published in 2003)
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This powerful and inspiring book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. ...
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Feb 20, 2018
About how Paul Farmer's local and global life combines theory and practice.     source
Lifeline Rule
Doug Nufer - Apr 21, 2015
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As if I’ve come to some lovely new abode: my dazed eyes alit in awe; my capacity for alive lucidity developed in a mere minute to be purely moved in a dedicated anatomy Nufer avowed in a literary mode....
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The rule: parity to vowel; an awesome conovowel opus.     source
Feynman
Jim Ottaviani - Apr 30, 2013 (first published in 2011)
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERRichard Feynman: physicist . . . Nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker.In this substantial graphic novel biography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century:...
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Vivid, witty, hilarious, poignant: I laughed, I cried, I learned; demonstrates the unreasonable effectiveness of a graphic novel.     source
Gaudy Night
A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane
Dorothy L. Sayers - Oct 16, 2012 (first published in 1935)
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The great Dorothy L. Sayers is considered by many to be the premier detective novelist of the Golden Age, and her dashing sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, one of mystery fiction's most enduring and endearing protagonists. The third Dorothy L. Sayers classic to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane, Gaudy Night is now back in print with an introduction by E...
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Captures Oxford high-table small-talk wonderfully.     source
Hackers
Heroes of the Computer Revolution
Steven Levy - Jun 08, 2010 (first published in 1984)
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This 25th anniversary edition of Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers -- those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Ga...
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Incredibly well written tale of our times.     source
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The Counterfeit Murder in the Museum of Man
A Norman de Ratour Mystery
Alfred Alcorn - May 04, 2010
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When Norman de Ratour discovers the body of Heinrich von Grümh in a car outside his beloved Museum of Man, he knows he faces a sticky public relations mess. What he doesn’t know is that the gun used to kill the honorary curator is his own Smith & Wesson revolver. Implicated, publicly embarrassed, his life’s work in danger, Norman becomes the prime ...
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Delicious caricature of academic follies.     source
The Abominable Man
A Martin Beck Police Mystery (7) (Martin Beck Police Mystery Series)
Maj Sjöwall - Oct 06, 2009 (first published in 1971)
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On a quiet night a high-ranking police officer, Nyland, is slaughtered in his hospital bed, brutally massacred with a bayonet. It's not hard to find people with a motive to kill him - in fact, the problem for Detective Inspector Martin Beck is how to narrow the list down to just one suspect....
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One of their brilliantly Swedish detective novels.     source
Blasphemy
Douglas Preston - Jan 08, 2008
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The world's biggest supercollider, locked in an Arizona mountain, was built to reveal the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself.The Torus is the most expensive machine ever created by humankind, run by the world’s most powerful supercomputer. It is the brainchild of Nobel Laureate William North Hazelius. Will the Torus divulge...
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The best novel to deal with "science versus religion" that I've ever encountered.     source
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents AmericaTeacher's Edition
A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
Jon Stewart - Sep 25, 2006 (first published in 2004)
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For everyone who was too cheap to buy the hardcover, the blockbuster, award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller is now in trade paperback-with a new introduction, fully updated, and with equally unsettling nude photos of the newest Supreme Court justices, and a text corrected by the most reputable college professor we could find/afford.Including:H...
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Has graffiti even better than the marginal notes in Concrete Mathematics.     source
On Food and Cooking
The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
Harold McGee - Nov 23, 2004 (first published in 1984)
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Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking is a kitchen classic. Hailed by Time magazine as "a minor masterpiece" when it first appeared in 1984, On Food and Cooking is the bible to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from, what exactly they're made of, and how cooking transforms them into so...
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Applied biochemistry in the kitchen.     source
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The Hornet's Nest
A Novel of the Revolutionary War
Jimmy Carter - Oct 13, 2004 (first published in 2003)
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The first work of fiction by a President of the United States -- a sweeping novel of the American South and the War of Independence In his ambitious and deeply rewarding novel, Jimmy Carter brings to life the Revolutionary War as it was fought in the Deep South; it is a saga that will change the way we think about the conflict. He reminds us that ...
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A revolutionary novel about the Revolutionary War at all levels.     source
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Life by Georges Perec
An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
The Age of Faith by Will Durant
Efronia by Stina Katchadourian
Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth
Death of a Salesperson by Robert Barnard
The Haj by Leon Uris
Food by Waverley Root
Will & Ariel Durant by Will Durant