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9 November 2017 (1075 words)
How Not to Network a Nation (Benjamin Peters)
The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet
9 November 2017 (506)
The Climate Modelling Primer (Kendal McGuffie, Ann Henderson-Sellers)
- models + motivations, components + links, more
28 October 2017 (528)
*The Shape of Space (Jeffrey R. Weeks)
- the geometry and topology of surfaces and three-manifolds
18 October 2017 (1568)
The Gods of Olympus (Barbara Graziosi)
A History
Classical Mythology (Helen Morales)
A Very Short Introduction
7 September 2017 (261)
Arts and Society in Flanders and the Netherlands (Luc Devoldere)
The Low Countries Yearbook 2014
6 September 2017 (270)
Oia in Santorini (Kadio Kolymva)
A journey in space and time
28 August 2017 (826)
The Moral Economy (Samuel Bowles)
Why Good Incentives are no Substitute for Good Citizens
23 August 2017 (180)
Mirage: An Anonymous Novel (Patrick Hanan)
- a Chinese novel from 1804
22 August 2017 (872)
*D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (Ingri D'Aulaire, Edgar Parin D'Aulaire)
- one of the outstanding reworkings for children
Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths (Lucy Coats)
- all the favourite stories, adapted for 4-8 year olds
26 July 2017 (149)
Outwitting History (Aaron Lansky)
How a Young Man Rescued a Million Books and Saved a Vanishing Civilisation
11 July 2017 (425)
The Little Water-Sprite (Otfried Preussler)
The Little Witch (Otfried Preussler)
*The Robber Hotzenplotz (Otfried Preussler)
The Little Ghost (Otfried Preussler)
26 June 2017 (453)
The Future of Silence (Bruce Fulton, Ju-Chan Fulton)
Fiction by Korean Women
Wayfarer (Bruce Fulton, Ju-Chan Fulton)
New Fiction by Korean Women
29 May 2017 (675)
We, the Navigators (David Lewis)
The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific
25 May 2017 (613)
Spell It Out (David Crystal)
The Singular Story of English Spelling
11 May 2017 (294)
Missing (Walter de la Mare)
- three modernist short stories
26 April 2017 (1035)
*Projective Geometry (H.S.M. Coxeter)
- an elementary approach emphasizing geometric intuition
Projective Geometry: An Introduction (Rey Casse)
- a formal, coordinate-based approach
4 April 2017 (474)
Jenny Linsky and the Cat Club (Esther Averill)
- stories about a little black cat who lives in New York
30 March 2017 (799)
*The Vital Question (Nick Lane)
Why is life the way it is?
9 March 2017 (535)
The Structure of Soviet History (Ronald Grigor Suny)
Essays and Documents
9 March 2017 (287)
The Human Jungle (Cho Chongnae)
- Koreans expats doing business in China
20 February 2017 (566)
Elliptic Tales (Avner Ash, Robert Gross)
Curves, Counting, and Number Theory
31 January 2017 (862)
*Music, Language, and the Brain (Aniruddh D. Patel)
- links in rhythm, melody, syntax, meaning, evolution
31 January 2017 (450)
*The Empress of Weehawken (Irene Dische)
- an acerbically funny German-American life
6 December 2016 (413)
Approaches to Teaching The Story of the Stone (Dream of the Red Chamber) (Schonebaum, Lu)
- historical + cultural contexts, intertextuality, afterlives, pedagogy
5 December 2016 (641)
Travel Fast or Smart? (David Metz)
A Manifesto for an Intelligent Transport Policy
29 November 2016 (608)
Fractals: A Very Short Introduction (Kenneth Falconer)
- the obvious starting point for lay readers
Fractals (Hans Lauwerier)
Endlessly Repeated Geometrical Figures
21 November 2016 (393)
*Another Man's City (Ch'oe In-ho)
- is K stuck inside a virtual reality?
14 November 2016 (849)
Finnish Lessons 2.0 (Pasi Sahlberg)
What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?
7 November 2016 (1237)
Fractal Geometry (Kenneth Falconer)
Mathematical Foundations and Applications
*Fractals Everywhere (Michael F. Barnsley)
- the power of iterated function systems
A Tale of Two Fractals (A.A. Kirillov)
- the Sierpinksi and Apollonian gaskets
7 November 2016 (276)
Chinese Rhyme-Prose (Burton Watson)
Poems in the Fu Form from the Han and Six Dynasties Periods
25 October 2016 (276)
The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects (Beineke, Rosenhouse)
Research in Recreational Math
24 October 2016 (954)
Rereading the Stone (Anthony C. Yu)
Desire and the Making of Fiction in Dream of the Red Chamber
17 October 2016 (620)
Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate (Mather, Anderson, Wood)
- natural history, behaviour, life-cycle
10 October 2016 (1331)
*The Lagoon (Armand Marie Leroi)
How Aristotle Invented Science
29 September 2016 (899)
The Importance of Being Little (Erika Christakis)
What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups
27 September 2016 (758)
An Introduction to Children's Literature (Peter Hunt)
- a lively and opinionated history
30 August 2016 (756)
**The Symmetries of Things (Conway, Burgiel, Goodman-Strauss)
- repeating patterns, from the plane to higher dimensions
22 August 2016 (272)
Lonesome You (Park Wan-Suh)
- short stories about aging and being old
22 August 2016 (1273)
*End of Empire (David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb, Li Narangoa)
100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World
16 August 2016 (255)
Harlequin's Costume (Leonid Yuzefovich)
- a political murder mystery in 1871 St Petersburg
25 July 2016 (1020)
Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road (Johan Elverskog)
- contact, understanding, idolatry, jihad, halal
14 July 2016 (418)
Are Trams Socialist? (Christian Wolmar)
Why Britain Has No Transport Policy

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