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“I wonder... What's in a book while it's closed... Because as soon as I open it, there's a whole story with people I don't know yet and all kinds of adventure and deeds and battles... All those things are somehow shut up in a book. But it's already there, that's the funny thing. I just wish I knew how it could be.”
Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
“A wild dream and a far one -- but no wilder and no farther than some of the dreams of man.”
“That's the reason they're called lessons: because they lessen from day to day.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
“Think of a computer program. Somewhere, there is one key instruction, and everything else is just functions calling themselves, or brackets billowing out endlessly through an infinite address space. What happens when the brackets collapse? Where's the final “END IF”? Is any of this making sense?”
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless
Here I try to maintain a list of book in-jokes: little jokes that most readers won't notice, hidden in otherwise serious books (for more about
what “in-jokes” are, see at the end of the list).
I'll need your help: if you find any such in-jokes, let me know. Please include the word “injoke” in the subject.
The books are listed in no particular order.
Book ReviewsBook Reviews: FictionScience-Fiction Book ReviewsNon-Fiction Book ReviewsComputer Science Book Reviews
Networks are a familiar concept in computer science, but in his book Linked: The New Science of Networks, Albert-L??szl?³ Barab??si claims that networks are to be found everywhere -- and can lead to new perspectives in many fields of research. Reviewed by guest reviewer Pravin Shankar.
Why read a science book written about 150 years ago when there are newer, more up-to-date books on the very same subject? Because The Origin of Species is an important and very well written book, that's why.
In a book that people involved in SETI did not like, authors Ward and Brownlee claim that in all likelihood, complex life (let alone intelligent one) is uncommon in the universe, maybe even unique to Earth. The book Rare Earth is an important reading for anyone interested in astrobiology.
As biologists are discovering the benefits of computing, for example in the exploration of the human genome, so computer scientists are discovering the benefits of biology. Steven Levy's Artificial Life shows what happens, and speculates about what will happen in the future, when you apply biological concepts like evolution to computer programs.