I recently read an amazing book called How to Sharpen Pencils: a Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants, With Illustrations Showing Current Practice. What? You think I'm joking? Well, click here if you doubt my veracity.
Actually, How to Sharpen Pencils is a wonderful book -- one of the funniest things I've read recently (and that includes my annual performance review). But then this started me to thinking that it might be fun to compile a list of unusual and/or thought-provoking titles (and authors) for books on engineering and management.
I'm thinking of the engineering or management (or science, technology, and math) equivalents of such titles as The Mime Alphabet Book, Knitting with Dog Hair, How to be Inappropriate, or C is for Chafing (where the latter is a kid-friendly A-to-Z on the art of running). Yes, once again, believe it or not, all of these are real titles. What I'm looking for are fictitious titles for books in our technology world -- the sort of titles that would make you exclaim, "Say what?" if you saw them on the shelves of your local bookstore.
Now, you probably wouldn’t be too surprised to hear that I have a few ideas of my own, but I don’t want to interfere with your creative genius. I'll let you go first. Don’t forget that, in addition to the title of the book, it would also be great to have an appropriate author name to go with it.
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting