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How many academic books have you guys read in your lifetime for fun?

just wondering!!! :confused:
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How many academic books have you guys read in your lifetime for fun?

just wondering!!! :confused:
Erm. Probably none. But my dad wants me to read this big particle physics book he has in time for me starting AS-Level Physics in September. Apparently it's really interesting, and he had a really nice summer reading it when he found out that he'd have to teach the stuff in there. And do you think I can be bothered to read it?

**rushes downstairs to get the book**

Lol, I'll get as far as page 10 and get bored probably.

Ah, I can't even find it. But I picked up a similar book and it looked very boring with things to understand.

Sod that then.

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Erm. Probably none. But my dad wants me to read this big particle physics book he has in time for me starting AS-Level Physics in September. Apparently it's really interesting, and he had a really nice summer reading it when he found out that he'd have to teach the stuff in there. And do you think I can be bothered to read it?

**rushes downstairs to get the book**

Lol, I'll get as far as page 10 and get bored probably.

Ah, I can't even find it. But I picked up a similar book and it looked very boring with things to understand.

Sod that then.

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If you're interested in Physics/Artifical intelligence The Emperor's New Mind by Roger Penrose is a very wide ranging and interesting popular science book... can be heavy in places though.

I reckon I've read four or five purely for fun, but bear in mind that that tends to mean 600 pages each or so of the size of book computing books are usually.... the rest I've read for my course.

I've read a few popular science books for background stuff too.

(basically I have only read one fiction/fun book since my school stopped me doing book reports in like yr9 - the book was Evelyn Waugh's Scoop if anyone cares...)

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I was just wondering if oxbridge people read like billions for fun
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none - Crawley is too much fun to sit around reading books!
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none - Crawley is too much fun to sit around reading books!
yeah man, one megaplex, a crappy nighclub and few seedy pubs bring it on xxxx
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yeah man, one megaplex, a crappy nighclub and few seedy pubs bring it on xxxx
YAYYYYYYYYYYY 4 Crawley
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I was just wondering if oxbridge people read like billions for fun
Er...no. Some are quite interesting once you get into them, but I don't purposefully go into a book shop with a 'let's find the most high-brow, equation-ridden, longest book' mentaility.

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Er...no. Some are quite interesting once you get into them, but I don't purposefully go into a book shop with a 'let's find the most high-brow, equation-ridden, longest book' mentaility.

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wow, im sorry if I suggested you did
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I was just wondering if oxbridge people read like billions for fun
Unfortunately during term I'm usually running aroundlike a headless chicken fro mone thing to another so whenever I do read extra stuff I tend to do it in the vacations... the last textbook I read was one on cryptography - I'll let you decide if that's a sad thing to do. It is pretty relevant for the career I'd like to do, and a certain extent the security course next year.

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Erm. Probably none. But my dad wants me to read this big particle physics book he has in time for me starting AS-Level Physics in September. Apparently it's really interesting, and he had a really nice summer reading it when he found out that he'd have to teach the stuff in there. And do you think I can be bothered to read it?

**rushes downstairs to get the book**

Lol, I'll get as far as page 10 and get bored probably.

Ah, I can't even find it. But I picked up a similar book and it looked very boring with things to understand.

Sod that then.

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What's it called? Some popular science books are really quite good. You can get ones that are quite heavy, and others that have quite a lot of personal detail and stuff as a little aside. I've read only probably about 6 or 7, but I plan to read more, so they can't be that bad! Read a lot more fiction though.
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Probably only a couple for 'fun'. Though I think this is more than made up for by the number I do end up reading anyways
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Some acedemic books are actually really interesting and fun...like history and astronomy...
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YAYYYYYYYYYYY 4 Crawley
My bf's from Crawley.
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What's it called? Some popular science books are really quite good. You can get ones that are quite heavy, and others that have quite a lot of personal detail and stuff as a little aside. I've read only probably about 6 or 7, but I plan to read more, so they can't be that bad! Read a lot more fiction though.
Erm.

I think it's quite big, like the pages are like A4 size. And it's hardback. And blue. I think.
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My bf's from Crawley.
really????????
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How many academic books have you guys read in your lifetime for fun?

just wondering!!! :confused:
for fun..maybe about 10
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really????????
Yep. :rolleyes:

And to keep on topic, I've read about 2 or 3. Does reading the New Scientist count?
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Honestly only a few

A brief history of time (back when it had only just been published...read it twice and hardly touched it since)

Bill Bryson's Made in America fantastic book about american language and a potted history of the US at the same time....and interesting (includes an excellent essay on PCness too).

Michael Price's Introducing Groundwater surprisingly interesting and very readable.

and Tucker's fascinating Sedimentary Petrology
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I'm not an oxbridge applicant (durham,warwick,york,leeds,imper ial) but i read academic books for fun, i've read

General chemistry by linus pauling
Relativity by Albert Eienstein
Mathematics from the birth of numbers by sumone (i havent read this but i like to browse it)

I also love history books even though i'm a scientist, i tend to read rarther exotic things, at the moment i'm reading:
'Underwater warriors - the fighting history of midget submarines'
and in the past i've read

Cold war, building for a nuclear confrontation
U boat bases 1941-1945
The spanish civil war

and have just bought a fancy new book on Pearl harbor

I read new scientist as well, and i glance at nature in shops but understand little.
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