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What single book is the best introduction to your field

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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.

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