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DrFPGA
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Thanx for the suggestion
DrFPGA   11/26/2014 10:14:43 AM
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Perhaps we need to start a list of favorite computer nerd books and movies. War games and tron for starters on movies...

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Re: Thanx for the suggestion
zeeglen   11/26/2014 10:35:43 AM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Dunn

50's/60's juvenile book series about the adventures of teenager Danny Dunn, budding scientist who would today have been classified as a genuine nerd/geek.

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Re: Thanx for the suggestion
DrFPGA   11/26/2014 12:05:05 PM
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Great suggestion- I remember checking out a whole series of these from the library- very cool for that budding retro nerd..

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stevehgl   11/26/2014 12:25:47 PM
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Just finished reading "The Rapture of the Nerds" by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross. Started out wacky - first few pages were the toughest - but then it became engrossing. Recommended.

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Re: Thanx for the suggestion
DrFPGA   11/26/2014 12:51:03 PM
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Will put it on my list- Cory Doctorow writes some good stuff!

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Careful with language???
mhrackin   11/26/2014 1:57:18 PM
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@max: "but I'm a bit of an anal retentive that way"

I know that's a common way of referring to a form of OCD; however, one must consider the normal consequences of literally being anal-retentive! What do you eventually become full of? My theory of the etymology of this term is that it is a PC-compliant way of stating that consequence!

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Willing suspension of disbelief
RichQ   11/26/2014 2:32:21 PM
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Max, you say I'm seriously thinking of writing to the BBC and telling them they should have me as a science and technology advisor on Doctor Who

and the first thought that popped into my head was the jingle from Mystery Science Theater 3000:

If you're wondering how he eats and breathes 

and other science facts

(La la la)

Keep telling yourself it's just a show

and you really should relax...

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Books and Authors
vvc0   11/26/2014 2:56:48 PM
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I am an Engineer today in part because as a child, I read "The City and the Stars" by Arthur C Clarke. Alvin's visit to the computer that controlled everything in the city fascinated me. To read this (and many other works of scienc fiction), I had to have my mother tell the librarian that it was OK for me to read adult books (my, how the meaning behind that phrase has changed over the years). It's probably nostalga but for me, the three most influential authors were Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein.

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Sheetal.Pandey   11/27/2014 12:59:47 AM
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Quite agree its just refreshing to have reading habit. I remember a Shidney SHeldon novel, my God when you read these novels you feel its happening right in front of you and you are just so curious to know what will happen the next. Even you make an imaginary picture of the hero or the heroine.

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Biographies of scientists or engineers
Tim R Johnson   11/27/2014 2:40:44 AM
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I enjoy reading science fiction.  I also enjoy reading biographies of scientists and engineers.  Some that I would recommend:

1) "The first scientist: a life of Roger Bacon" by Brian Clegg

2) "Isaac Newton" by Gale E. Christianson

3) "The Strangest Man The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom" by Graham Farmelo

4) "Robert Oppenheimer A Life Inside the Center" by Ray Monk

5) "Quantum Man Richard Feynman's Life in Science" by Lawrence Maxwell Krauss

6) "My Brief History" by Stephen Hawking

7) "Rocket Girl The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist" by George D. Morgan

2-6 where interesting because I learned more about scientists whose names I was familiar with.  1 and 7 were interesting because I learned about people I had not heard of before, as scientists.  I had vaguely heard of Roger Bacon as a philosopher, but I didn't know that he counted as a scientist.

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