I like books.
At the moment I am reading "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" by T. E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia - a great movie starring Peter O'Toole). I have been aware of this book for almost as long as I can remember but I was never in a position to match my interest with the actual opportunity to purchase it until a couple of weeks ago while browsing a bookstore in Sydney NSW as we were waiting to return home from a four-month stay in Australia. While noticing a recent biography of Mao Tse-tung in the section on new books (which I had seen mentioned in a Canberra paper a few days earlier in an article on the author, Jung Chang - who also wrote Wild Swans, and which I had bought the previous day) I happened to see the Lawrence book right beside it (someone had placed it there after having second thoughts about buying it). I seized the moment and am glad I did.
If you can follow the convoluted prose in the previous paragraph you may realize that I now have three books to read:
- Wild Swans
- Mao: The Unknown Story
- Seven Pillars of Wisdom
However this morning, after reading a few chapters from Seven Pillars of Wisdom, I was glancing at a book by Michael Spivak called Calculus, published in 1967. I have ordered the most recent edition of this book and am expecting it to arrive next week. In the meantime I had borrowed the first edition from the University library. At one point in a discussion of the properties of numbers Spivak mentions a reference. I turn to the references section and notice the following quotation at the preface to the suggested references:
will do him little good.