Mostly I read book form of the hard Science Fiction genre, that means SF which has a big scientific basis. The most prominent authors of the genre are the late Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and, to name a younger one, Greg Egan. I like especially Egan's short stories like those collected in Axiomatic.
Refactoring by Martin Fowler et.al.
1 edition (August 1999), Addison Wesley, ISBN 0201485672
|A very helpful description of strategies how to clean up existing code and make it possible to add more functionality. It thus gives lots of examples on how to make use of the design patterns, but while that book is very theoretical this one is much more useful for the daily programming chores.|
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Reissue edition (March 1997), Bantam Books, ISBN 0553577123
|This book is a must-read for every german (but of cause also for everyone else), as it gives the nazi crimes against the jews a much more personal view then history books can do - the young girl experiencing more and more harassments by the german occupation, and finally taking refuge with her family in a small house in Amsterdam for the next years; but then they got discovered and Anne Frank died in the concentration camp. See the Anne Frank House for more.|
Fermat's last theorem by Simon Singh
(September 1998), Bantam Books, ISBN 0385493622
|When Fermats last theorem was finally proofed to be correct after more then three hundred years it had been quite a media fuzz - but Simon Singh tells the whole story, from the first greek mathematics, the life and the person of Fermat, all the fruitless attempts to solve this miracle, and the developements of the bases for the proof. Normally math books are very hard to read, but this one isn't - but of course it does not give the real proof itself, that would be very very hard to read...|
Night Comes to the Cretaceous: Comets, Craters, Controversy, and the
Last Days of the Dinosaurs by James Lawrence Powell
1 edition (September 1999), Harvest Books, ISBN 0156007037
|The death of the dinosaurs is such a popular topic, this book not only tells the story of how they dies, but much more important how the theory of a asteroid killing them was developed, how it fought for acceptancy amoung the established scientist, and also the extensions of this theory that all the mass killings observed by paleontologists may be related to extraterrestial origin.|
The Age of Spiritual Machines : When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
by Ray Kurzweil
January 2000, Penguin, ISBN 0140282025
|The speed of the developments of electronics and computers is getting faster and faster, but will this exponetial growth trend continue in the future, and what will be the consequences for our daily life. Starting from the near future of real translating machines (the Babelfish is just the laughable low-end of currently available things), more and more real virtual reality, and in some more decade when the calculating power of computers exceeds the brain things like artificial persons, uploading ourselves into a computer and so on will be possible. The ethical and spiritual consequences of this are also discussed.|
|Next books to read|
Apocalypse by Bill McGuire
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Triumph by Ben Bova
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable
end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea
So of you don't know the answer to the great question of life, the universe and everything yet you have to read this trilogy with four volumes in five books, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish, Mostly harmless.
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