As if I didn’t have enough books beside the bed, now someone’s gone and come up with a nifty method for keeping even more in easy reach. I currently have several books on the bedside table, another stack on a shelf sticking out from said table, plus several newspapers on the floor below. Recent acquistions include:
- My Reading Life by Bob Carr – this is good, really liking it. I don’t necessarily want to read everything he suggests but the suggestions are good so too his comments, anecdotes and advice.
- The Beginnings of Western Science by David C. Lindberg – my partner bought me this and it’s along the lines of the continuing legalisation of my photocopies. Even better this is the recently published 2nd edition (first was in 1992) with several sections redone, and especially the section on Islamic Science which I’m looking forward to reading.
- Wittgenstein Flies A Kite by Susan G. Sterrett – looks interesting and at the reduced price of $15 for the hardcover, I bought a second copy for my partner.
- The Book Nobody Read by Owen Gingerich – an attempt to find and examine all copies of Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus (first and second editions). I’m a few chapters in and it’s proving to be fascinating.
- People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks – I’ve read a couple of reviews and it sounds interesting. I’ve started it but not enough to comment.
- Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe by Jean-Noel Jeanneney – This looked like an interesting essay and at 80 odd pages should be a shorter read. Am interested in alternative views, partiuclarly outside of UK/US/Oz on online matters.
- Uniting A Profession by Whyte & Jones – a history of the Australian Institute of Librarians.
- Leonardo da Vinci: The Codex Leicester – this was lovely book was produced by the Powerhouse Museum when the exhibited the Codex in 2000. It appears to have a full page image of each page of the Codex and looks scrumptious.
- National Treasures from Australia’s Great Libraries – another gift from my partner, being published for an exhibition of the same name that I somehow, oh the shame, managed to miss.
Will I get to read all these…hmmm…unlikely, but I have already started several and a couple, like the Codex, are just really nice to have on the shelf. I have at least dipped into all the aforementioned titles and looking forward to continued dipping.