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Anyone read any good books lately? Nothing too specific or technical, I''m just after something that''ll get the old brain cells firing in different patterns. In fact I''d quite like to see a sticky thread of book recommendations from the regs here. Fiction as well as non-fiction. What do you all think?

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I''m sure almost everyone has read these books but here they are:

-Enders Game
-Enders Shadow
-Shadow of the Hegemon
ALL BY ORSON SCOTT CARD


-The Age of Spiritual Machines, by Ray Kurzweil

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I highly recommend reading "The C++ Programming Language" from cover to cover. If you haven''t done so already, your knowledge of the language will greatly increase.

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Bonsai by Peter Chan

Okay, maybe not exactly what you were after, but I really don''t think you want to read the technical books I''ve been reading lately (or re-reading I should say!)

Handbook of Stochastic Methods (Gardiner)
Stochastic Processes and Filtering Theory (Jazwinski)


One book from my library you might enjoy:

C++ Neural Networks & Fuzzy Logic by Rao & Rao.

Cheers,

Timkin

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quote:
Original post by Timkin
One book from my library you might enjoy:

C++ Neural Networks & Fuzzy Logic by Rao & Rao.


Though everyone may have their own opinion I must say that this book was the _worst_ neural net book (I say neural net since it only had about 4 pages devoted to fuzzy logic) I have ever read. Maybe you got more out of it than me but I found it horrible.

You, obviously, enjoyed it -> could you tell me what you liked about it? (Maybe I missed something)

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- The Hyperion trilogy by Dan Simmons
- The Ender Wiggin Saga (same as prev. poster, but deservedly)
- The Andromeda Strain by Crichton
- of course, The Martian Chronicles by Bradbury

oh.... can you tell i''m a sci-fi nut?

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Original post by firefly2442 -Enders Game
-Enders Shadow
-Shadow of the Hegemon
ALL BY ORSON SCOTT CARD


If you are going to read Ender''s Game, you HAVE to read the 2nd and 3rd in the series, "Speaker For The Dead" and "Xenocide". Then you can feel free to move on to the others (which I haven''t read yet.)



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firefly2442: You left off Speaker For The Dead, Xenocide, Children Of The Mind. The series just isnt complete without those 3 books.

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Timkin: hehe, I thought Bonsai was going to be some sort of sci-fi novel... Is this a new hobby or have you been doing it for a while? Have you considered extendeding your skills to animals? ;0)

http://www.bonsaikitten.com/

and the incredible aftermath...

http://www.cruel.com/sub/bonsai.shtml

Here are some (non technical) book recommendations of my own. If anyone knows of any books as thought provoking as Hofstadter''s plz let me know.

Non-Fiction:

Godel, Escher, Bach... by Douglas Hofstadter
The Minds Eye by Douglas Hofstadter
Darwin and the Machines by George Dyson
Artificial Life by Steven Levy
The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
Creation by Steve Grand

Fiction (I''ll stick to sci-fi)

anything written by Iain M Banks
The Hyperion series by Dan Simmons
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
Fairyland by Paul J McAuley
The Skinner by Neal Asher







Stimulate

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Timkin: hehe, I thought Bonsai was going to be some sort of sci-fi novel... Is this a new hobby or have you been doing it for a while? Have you considered extendeding your skills to animals? ;0)

http://www.bonsaikitten.com/

and the incredible aftermath...

http://www.cruel.com/sub/bonsai.shtml

Here are some (non technical) book recommendations of my own. If anyone knows of any books as thought provoking as Hofstadter''s plz let me know.

Non-Fiction:

Godel, Escher, Bach... by Douglas Hofstadter
The Minds Eye by Douglas Hofstadter
Darwin and the Machines by George Dyson
Artificial Life by Steven Levy
The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
Creation by Steve Grand

Fiction (I''ll stick to sci-fi)

anything written by Iain M Banks
The Hyperion series by Dan Simmons
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
Fairyland by Paul J McAuley
The Skinner by Neal Asher







Stimulate

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