I didn't want to start a new thread, since we already have this one ...
Recently a friend lent me his copy of Neal Stephenson's Anathem
. I'm not very far into it yet, but so far it's excellent.
If you're interested in science fiction, mathematics, history, philosophy ... I could go on but there's so much in this tome I can't list it all. If you like Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash
, The Diamond Age
, the Baroque Cycle
, et al.) I think it likely that you would enjoy this book.
Right now Anathem
is only available in hardback, so you may want to wait for the paperback, e-book, borrow it from a library or friend (as I did) or something like that.
Stephenson also wrote a piece on operating systems back in 1999 (In the Beginning... was the Command Line
). Many of you may be familiar with this piece, but for those who aren't I recommend it. Here is a link
to the full text with comments, annotations, and critique by Garrett Birkel (written with Stephenson's permission) from 2004.