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Fantini

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Feb 29, 2012
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Keeping our "forum" chat alive (and the Star Wars name trend (Giggle)), I've decided to open another thread!

What books have you recently been reading? I want to start A Song of Ice and Fire, but I haven't got the time. I haven't read the original "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy also, but don't hit me. (Tmi)
 

Jameson

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Good idea, Fantini :)

I don't read enough at all so recently I joined a book club to force myself to do this. Our first book was The Great Gatsby, which I've read before but I did enjoy the discussion on it. Next we're reading Crime and Punishment and White Teeth.

Do you read often Fantini (or anyone)?
 

MarkFL

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I used to be an avid reader, but since becoming active on math forums, all my spare time is now taken. (Smile)
 

Fantini

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I don't read as often as I wish I did, but it's somewhat decent. I've recently finished "An Essay On The Psychology of Invention In The Mathematical Field", by Jacques Hadamard. I enjoyed it! I have these "sideways" mathematical interests (Drunk).

Dostoyevsky figures highly in my reading list, even though I haven't gotten to it. I also wish to learn more about greek philosophy. Perhaps Plato could give me a hand! (Wasntme)

Cheers! (Yes)

Fantini
 

MarkFL

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A great book I want to make another attempt at since I understand a bit more math now is "The Road To Reality" by Roger Penrose.
 

Fantini

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I've heard about it. Roger Penrose is a prominent figure in the mathematical physics scenario, right? I heard he has proved deep connections of mathematics and physics using complex analysis. You know, Hadamard apparently popularized the saying that "two truths in the real domain pass through the complex domain". (Smile)
 

Klaas van Aarsen

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I used to be an avid reader, but since becoming active on math forums, all my spare time is now taken. (Smile)
+1

Mostly I reread old books I used to enjoy.
But that's just sentimentality.
I hardly ever read new books, preferring movies, tv series, and math/physics forums over them.
 

MarkFL

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I've heard about it. Roger Penrose is a prominent figure in the mathematical physics scenario, right? I heard he has proved deep connections of mathematics and physics using complex analysis...
I believe he is the father of twistor theory (to which Ed Witten has recently found a connection to M-theory) and I believe he has worked extensively with Stephen Hawking in the past as well, helping to invent some of the mathematics needed.
 

ZaidAlyafey

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Recently I was reading about complex analysis (First course in complex analysis by Zill , and complex variables demystified by McMahon ). Currently reading about real analysis .
Sometimes you notice something new in the forum , and just go ahead and read bout it on the fly (like wikipedia or wolfram) which is as interesting as reading books.
 

topsquark

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Let's see. I finally got a String Theory text, one of my better Quantum Field Theory texts, and I started the Bhagavad-Gita but I think I'm going to drop that one for now since I finally got back to reading the Old Testament. Kinda hard to mix Hindu and Christian books at the same time!

Oh yeah. And when I'm too tired I tend to read some Sci-fi (The "Demons at Rainbow Bridge" trilogy at the moment) and just about any Conan the Barbarian books. I don't really know why I'm attracted to those. But what the hey.

-Dan
 

alane1994

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I used to read like mad. From the 3rd grade to 8th grade, I read over 11,000 books. At the end of my 7th grade year, I was reading at a college level.
(Explanation Time) My school district had something called "Accelerated Reading" or "AR". You would have to read books, and then take tests over them. Once I hit High School, I found other interests.... namely cars, music, and girls.
 

zzephod

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I used to read like mad. From the 3rd grade to 8th grade, I read over 11,000 books. At the end of my 7th grade year, I was reading at a college level.
(Explanation Time) My school district had something called "Accelerated Reading" or "AR". You would have to read books, and then take tests over them. Once I hit High School, I found other interests.... namely cars, music, and girls.
That is more than 5 books a day, or about 3.5hrs per book, which is within the bounds of possibility if you did nothing else.

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I am also really curious about this, Austin. Not saying you're lying but that figure seems really high so I want to know some more details! That's great you read so much. As I said, I have to push myself to read 1 book a month sometimes :(.
 

Klaas van Aarsen

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I read a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
In high school I borrowed on average about 8 books a week from the library.
After a while I exhausted the library.
In university I found this guy that I could borrow from (he bought almost all new SF&F), continuing my madness.
When I got a job, I continued my madness buying my own.

Either way, I have to admit I came nowhere near 5 books a day... (Sadface)
 

alane1994

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I am also really curious about this, Austin. Not saying you're lying but that figure seems really high so I want to know some more details! That's great you read so much. As I said, I have to push myself to read 1 book a month sometimes :(.
OK, my accelerated reading career started in the third grade. As comes with the territory, I wasn't reading massive or overly complex books. I just took tests over them. It wasn't until later that I started reading books like "The Count of Monte Cristo".
 

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In the book club I'm a member of we're reading White Teeth and Crime and Punishment. Like I said before, I'm not a big reader so this group helps keep me honest and actually read the books. Both are really serious books but still good. I also have a copy of C&P in the original Russian but it's very difficult for me. It's a difficult book to read in English even, haha.

Is anyone else reading a good or interesting book?
 

Chris L T521

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Ugh...I forgot what it feels like to read a book that's not math. XD

I'm thinking that I should get back into reading Shakespeare (one of my favorites) and probably start off with the Tempest, the Taming of the Shrew, and King Lear. (Bigsmile)

One thing I probably won't read right off the bat are his Sonnets...some of them are quite amusing...and interesting. XD
 

ZaidAlyafey

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Personally , I don't like reading any books , but Mathematics , I don't know whether this is a healthy habit or not , but I enjoy it very much (h).
 

Fantini

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mathbalarka

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I am currently (mostly) reading Ireland & Rosen, Iwaniec & Kowalski and for some fun, one or two papers on Chaos theory in my free time. I am also reading some papers on tetrations and analytic continuations but it seems I have to work more on those areas rather than to read because of the lack of research (perhaps because it's a recent subject of interest?)

Balarka
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Petrus

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Now I feel alone :S I have not read any book in lik 1-2 year:S Since I am Intrested in finance so My last book Was this one. It is a Really good book!
 

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I've found some pretty cool Youtube channels lately. Here's an example of one a video from a channel called Vsauce.

 

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Chris L T521

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Watch at your own discretion (since this has some foul language); but I was very amused by this (especially when other famous people made their cameos). XD