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The Last Lecture of Randy Pausch, it’s a good one

Computer Science Professor Randy Pausch, who has terminal pancreatic cancer, delivered what is expected to be his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.”

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What single book is the best introduction to your field

That’s the topic of a interesting discussion happening over at metafilter – What single book is the best introduction to your field or specialization for laypeople? – behold the aggregating power of the ‘internets’. Here are a few I picked out that I would read if I ever had the time… sigh…

  • Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale
  • The Problem’s of Philosophy by Bertrand Russel
  • Fundamentals of Microfabrication by Marc Madou
  • The Complete Modern Blacksmith by Alexander Weygers
  • Dictionaries, the Art and Craft of Lexicography by Sidney Landau
  • Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation by Ross Gardner
  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • How Children Learn by John Holt

It also made me wonder what fundamental texts I might recommend from those areas of thought I’m familiar enough with to know. Perhaps the following:

  • Cinematography Manual by David Samuelson (cinematography, film production)
  • A Preface to Paradise Lost by C.S. Lewis (Epic Poetry)
  • The Federalist Papers by Hamilton, Madison, Jay et al (American Gov’t and Constitutional Law)

More later if I think of anything else.