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than buying the book locally!.
Art of Electronics by Horowitz & Hill ISBN 0-521-37095-7
The reference for practical electronics techniques. A reference book
you can just pick up, flip to a random page and learn something really useful
!. Completely engrossing. A must have for the reference shelf.
Equation Handbook by Stephen J. Erst ISBN 0-8306-3241-7
A handy reference to keep on the bench for when you need that equation for
a spiral PCB inductor !. Available from Dick Smith.
Dictionary of Electronics by Stan Gibilisco ISBN 0-07-024186-4
The authoritative reference for when you have to check the meaning of some
obscure term you haven't heard before. Another must have for the reference
Theory and Techniques Vol 1 & Vol 2 by Hans Goodman
The best introduction to basic AC (Vol 2) and DC (Vol 1)
circuit theory bar none. Clearly explained without heavy math, well laid out,
and plenty of examples. Out of print now, but if you can get your hands on
it, I highly recommend it. The standard text for Tafe electronics courses.
Systems Principles & Application by Ronald J. Tocci
An excellent intro to digital theory, you won't find an easier way to learn
digital electronics. Very well laid out.
& Microcomputers Hardware & Software by Tocci/Laskowski
Another excellent book on basic microprocessor theory by Tocci
Bill Gates / Microsoft
Drive by James Wallace & Jim Erickson ISBN 0-471-94081-X.
How Gates made Microsoft what it is today. This is one of the original and
best books on Bill Gates and Microsoft.
by Stephen Manes & Paul Andrews ISBN 0-671-88074-8. Available from
McGills Bookstore @ http://www.mcgills.com.au
How Gates went from nothing (well, kind of) to the richest man in the
You may not like the man or Microsoft, but these books are an excellent read.
They are not only about Gates and Microsoft, but provide a fascinating
behind the scenes look at the growth of the microcomputer industry. Gates
has to be the greatest business mind in history, and his story is inspirational,
like him or not. Similar stuff in both books.
General Interest Computer
Blues, The Unmaking of IBM by Paul Carroll. ISBN 1-85797-288-0
How IBM screwed up their dominance in the computer industry. IBM was one of
the greatest companies in America until a little thing called the Personal
Computer came along in the 1980's, and then it was all over for Big Blue.
A great read for both the business minded person and computer history buff.
This is the authoritative reference on how IBM screwed up.
Empires by Robert X. Cringely. ISBN 0-14-025826-4
How the microcomputer industry happened, and details the key players. Was
turned into a documentary on the ABC called "Triumph of the Nerds".
Check it out at : Triumph of
the Nerds - Transcript
by Steven Levy. ISBN 0-14-023269-9
The definitive work on the original "hackers" at MIT. There aren't
any real hackers left today, these guys were it. It mostly focusses on the
key players and characters in the early hacker scene at MIT rather than the
stereotyped 80's "Hacker" image.
Great by Steven Levy ISBN 0-14-024492-1
The story of the development of the Macintosh computer. I'm not really a Mac
fan, but this is a great read. If you love the Mac then you'll love this book!
Life by Steven Levy. ISBN 0-14-023105-6
The story of research into computer generated artificial life, and the key
HP Way by David Packard ISBN 0-88730-747-7
A nice little history of Hewlett-Packard, written by the cofounder. The "HP Way"
is the managerial style first practiced by Hewlett & Packard, and now
copied by most successful corporations. If you manage people, or are thinking
about managing people, then it would pay you to read about how the best did
Up by Jerry Kaplan ISBN 0-7515-1713-5
Jerry Kaplans own account of how he formed "Go" corporation and
created the handheld computer industry. The guy's vivid recollection of events
is truly amazing.
Veit's History of the Personal Computer by Stan Veit ISBN 1-56664-030-X
An excellent account of the early years of the personal computer industry,
from the Altair to the PC. Seperate chapters on almost every major machine
that made a dent in universe, and some that didn't!. From a guy that ran one
of the first computer stores in New York before most people even knew what
Archaeo-astronomy is the study of the relationship between archaeological
sites (the pyramids, sphinx, etc) and astronomy. Virtually every ancient structure
was built with astronomy in mind, and to precision so great, we have only
been able to calculate within the last century.
Orion Mystery by Robert Bauval & Adrian Gilbert. ISBN 0-7493-1744-2
Why the pyramids were built, and what purpose they serve. What is behind that
hidden door at the end of a shaft in the great pyramid ?. The
classic book that started the entire mystery of the connection between the
pyramids and the stars. If you (wrongly) think the pyramids were built as
tombs for early pharaohs, then this book will set you straight.
of the Gods by Graham Hancock. ISBN 0-7493-1454-0
Explains the connection between the ancient civilizations, and proves that
an advanced civilization lived in Antarctica 12,000 years ago (and mapped
it before it was covered with ice!). A big book.
of Genesis by Robert Bauval & Graham Hancock. ISBN 0-434-00305-0
A combination of the Orion Mystery & Fingerprints of the Gods, in
a much more readable form. If you only read one of these book, make it
this one. If they are right about the Giza plateau being a map that points
to a hidden "hall of records" under the sphinx, then they have
truly solved one of the greatest riddles of all time.
Atlantis to the Sphinx by Colin Wilson. ISBN 0-7535-0064-7
Explains why the sphinx is probably 12,000 years old, and was built by the
survivors of the ancient Antarctic civilization that was destroyed around
then (generically referred to as Atlantis). Don't believe that crap about
the sphinx being built around 2500BC, indisputable scientific evidence says
that it was built at least 5000 yeas BEFORE that!. Hmm, that was when
the historians tell us we were supposed to be just learning to walk upright
wasn't it ?
Mayan Prophecies by Adrian Gilbert & Maurice Cotterell. ISBN
Why the Mayans think the world will end on the 22nd December 2012, a very
good book. All about the Mayan culture and their obsession with astronomy
Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. ISBN 0-14-014997-X
1988 Pulitzer prize winner. The fascinating story of the technical development
of the atomic bomb. More of a "how" book than a "why"
book. This is the only book available that describes the true development
of the atomic bomb.
A Life in Science by Michael White & John Gribbin. ISBN 0-671-71270-5
The fascinating story of Einstein's life. There is much more to this man than
The Death Star by Dr Richard Muller. ISBN 0-434-48161-0
The theory about a tenth planet that bombards the Earth with comets every
26 million years. This is what did the dinosaurs in. A fascinating story about
how scientists think, and how they come about their discoveries.
Three Big Bangs by Phillip Dauber & Dr Richard Muller. ISBN
About the three big bangs that created us - Comet Crashes, Exploding Stars,
and the Big Bang itself.
Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. ISBN 0-553-17698-6
Explains everything you wanted to know about the universe and time. Everyone
should read this at least once. To much stuff on God for my liking though,
otherwise an excellent book.
in Time by George Smoot. ISBN ?????
Details the search for the "wrinkles" in space-time, the final proof
for the big-bang theory, and the COBE satellite that finally found it. Similar
in style to Nemesis. The discovery that Stephen Hawking describes as the greatest
this century, if not of all time.
Roads from Newton by Edward Speyer ISBN 0-471-15964-6
A very good explanation of six facets of physics - Wave theory, field theory,
statistical physics, special relativity, general relativity, and quantum theory.
by James Gleick. ISBN 0-349-10525-1
The definitive book on the what/how/why of chaos theory.
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