Category Archives: books

Review of Annihilation: the novel and the movie

 .               Somewhere on my feeds, I came to know about a movie named Annihilation starring Natalie Portman. The review was good, and it mentioned that the movie was based on a book of the same name … Continue reading

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Cover of Carl Sagan’s The Dragons of Eden: A good example of bad science

Carl Sagan was a wonderful writer. He wrote many amazing books for popularising science and also championed against pseudo-science prevalent in the society. Like many countless others Sagan’s works have inspired and fired imagination in me. Particularly he decimated the … Continue reading

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Main purpose of the educational sector

The main purpose of the health sector is not to provide other sectors with workers in good health. By the same token, the main purpose of the educational sector is not to prepare students to take up an occupation in … Continue reading

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Book Hunting in Boston – Week 2

Book Hunting in Boston Week 2 MIT Coop I went to MIT COOP opposite the MIT Press store to check for any affordable items to carry back home. But there were none. 😦 Most of them were over budget for … Continue reading

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Antilibrary of Umberto Eco

The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with … Continue reading

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Gandhi on Textbooks

M. K. Gandhi Harijan Vol VII, No. 31 pg. 1, 9 September 1939 Text Books The craze for ever-changing text books is hardly a healthy sign from the educational standpoint. If text books are treated as a vehicle for education, … Continue reading

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Topological Art

ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TOPOLOGY From the book Introduction to Topology by Yu. Borisovich, N. Bliznyakov, Ya. Izrailevich, T. Fomenko. The book was published by Mir Publishers in 1985. ILLUSTRATION TO CHAPTER I The central part of the picture presents the standard … Continue reading

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Kindle, Lego and E-Books

What do you do when Digital Restrictions Management prevents you from doing a lot of things on your own device. I do not know if we can even say it is a device we own, as the company offering books … Continue reading

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The Textbook Liberation Project

“We aim for maximum financial impact against the publishing industry and maximum political impact among the University administration and faculty. This will force the complicit parties to declare which side they want to stand on,” via TorrentFreak.

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