Book bought over the weekend at the Harvard bookstore:

Dean Abbot, Applied Predictive Analytics (A layman's guide to predicting without knowing what you're doing, highlighting neural networks and Kohonen maps, which sounds like it works with individual observations and builds itself up.)

Peter Frankopan, The Silk Roads: a New History of the World (tries to explain how China and Islam were way ahead of us)

Lewis Lockwood, Beethoven Symphonies   no musical notation within but artistic words about each

Robert Bruce Thompson, Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments (a substitute for a high school lab).

Great American Stories, a CD of which there are only 10 or 20 in most stores now. Apparently CDs are as much out of style as cassettes these days (Mark Twain, Stephen Cane, Bierce, London) anything is better than the public radio hateful stories about American humor and failings)

 Ben Applebaum, Recess (from dodgeball to double dutch. Modern with tips. Gives strategy but not as good as the commentary reference in edspec.)

John Hands, Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin Cosmology in the spirit of Thomas Kuhn. Very little Darwin.

Chris Woodford, Atoms Under the Floorboard Tries to show the physics of houses, but leaves more questions unanswered than it solves. But good non quant ideas on length versus width.

Henry Petroski, The Road Taken a good supplement to Hayes Matthew

Monk, Minecraft Mastery (something for Aubrey)

James Traub, John Quincy Adams (a worthy president and great lawyer, I think)

Christoph Woff, Johann Sebastian Bach. Always good to know more about Bach's personality, duels, finances, and music.

While I'm at it, I like to read some books that will extend my knowledge of what I do every day

Yvonne Bishop et al, Discrete Multivariate Analysis How to use logarithms to do categorical analysis.

 Deshpande, Statistical Analysis of Nonnormal Data, an Indian book with many elementary rank tests explained.

Jan Swafford, Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph The best book on B that I have read. Scintillating. Gives all his fights with his patrons including the time he walked out of the house of Prince Lichnofsky because he asked him to play for the French, thereby losing half his income. It's so good that Laurel refuses to give it back to me when I loaned it to her, and I bought it from the same book store I originally bought it from at the same shelf from 2 years ago.

One is reminded that Beethoven liked to walk in the Vienna Woods every day. And as he walked he sang like a madman and gestured because he couldn't hear. He met some school children on his morning walk, and they ran away screaming thinking he was a madman. Then on the kids' way back from school, they met him again, and ran away again.


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