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A classic text in Information Theory is now available online. I can add it to my list of free math and <a href=”engineering books. Of course, the first and last links aren’t free unless your host has a subscription. Even though I hate reading books on a screen, authors who provide technical books for free get mad props from me. And my wallet too.

Over the summer I participated in a BookCrossing, which was an interesting exercise in passing along reading material, but in the end I feel like it’s a doomed proposition. In rehearsal the other night we talked about how Marat’s conception of the French Revolution was doomed because it would have required a fundamental change in the way in which people saw the world. In the same way, BookCrossing would require people to reevaluate their attitudes towards books. Perhaps most people don’t have a well-defined relationship to their books — I do.

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