Bookstore serendipity

I love it when I go into a book store looking for one thing and come out with someone else, even better than what I was looking for. That happened today. I ran over to Borders to pick up a copy of Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra, about which strausmouse made fun of me earlier in the week. After grabbing the book, I skimmed the science section and saw a book by Alan M. Binder called Lunar Prospector: Against All Odds. It is a book on the history of the development of the Lunar Prospector satellite, but it is written in such a way that it gives you a really intimate look into management and execution of a large scale project, including office politics and annoyances. For someone (like me) fascinated by large scale projects, it seems perfect. Add to that the fact that it is 745,000 words long, and I’ll be in hog heaven for the next month or so.

I also finally got around to picking up American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer which I’ve been wanting to read for some time (even before it won the Pulitzer Prize).

Maybe these three books will help to shake off the reading funk that I’ve been in for the last month or so.


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