Once again the usual list – I’ve been busy with my non-Kos life….
If you like to trade books, try BookMooch.
cfk has bookflurries on Weds. nights
pico has literature for kossacks on Tues. nights, but it’s on hiatus
What are you reading? is crossposted to docudharma
If you have ideas for future weeks, let me know (one idea from last week is Fiction vs. nonfiction, but not this week….
Statistical models: Theory and practice by David Freedman. Delves into the details of models, without getting overly mathematical.
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Impressive (as is the subject)
The Art of Mathematics by Bela Belobas. Interesting, easily stated math problems. For slow solving.
Biplots by Gower and Hand. Fascinating multivariate technique. An upcoming diary (maybe Sunday) will feature them.
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. In 1854, London suffered an epidemic of cholera, and thousands of people died – often in a few hours or days. This is the story of that epidemic and of John Snow, who figured out what was causing it. But it’s more – it’s not just the story of what happened, but how it happened and why. Fascinating.
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson I’m reading this, for the third time. One hell of a read. War, sex, love, codes, math, treasure hunting, business…. Stephenson has a lot to say, and he says it very well.