I'm afraid it would take too long for me to go into the thread that wove all of these books together (it was an hour's presentation, after all) -- suffice it to say that I heartily recommend any and all of these tomes:
How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants by David Rees (bounce over to Amazon)
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean (see my review and/or bounce over to Amazon)
The Smart Swarm: How to Work Efficiently, Communicate Effectively, and Make Better Decisions Using the Secrets of Flocks, Schools, and Colonies by Peter Miller (see my review and/or bounce over to Amazon)
So, there we have it. Now I have to start planning my Alumni/Alumnae Breakfast presentation for EE Live! 2015 (assuming the Robot Apocalypse doesn’t occur before then, of course). In the meantime, would you like to share any books you think I should have added to my list?
I LOVE Calvin & Hobbes -- I have all of the cartoon books -- I also like it when we see things from the perspective of one of the parents, in which case Hobbes is seen as a stuffed toy, as opposed to the live creature perceived by Calvin.
I knwo it sounds weird, but Calvin sometimes reminds me of me (when I was younger, of course :-)
of Calvin & Hobbes fame -- he replicates himself so he can play while his other selves do his homework. IIRC, there were two sequences, one just involving replication and the other involving Calvins from different times -- and predictably, in both cases the Calvins end up fighting....
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.