Wednesday, April 19, 2006

True Trilogies You Ought to Read

Never mind individual books, here are the trilogies you should read and own to be a true member of the Scientific High Priesthood...

  • Feynman Lectures

  • The Art of Computer Programming

  • Stephenson's Baroque Cycle

  • Lord of the Rings

Sadly the number of theses I have to ready by friday number 4...


Blogger yami mcmoots said...

The Baroque Cycle? Really? Why? I couldn't wade beyond the first half of the first installment - too much Stephenson Being Meta, not enough editing, IMO.

12:46 PM  
Blogger mjt said...

I thought the Baroque cycle was eight books released in three volumes. Or so the PR material for the latest re-packaging says...

It's a shame "Sundiver" was so subpar, or else the first half of the Uplift books would be an essential here.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worse, the first half of the first installment stops and does not continue action until the third volume. Worst, in Spanish they are releasing 8 - 9 separate volumes, and pricing them.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, lets add:

Ursula's Terramar
Adams's Guide

Terramar does not claim to be a trilogy, but the Guide does.

Uplift it currently a bitrilogy, sort of U(2)xU(3) as they commute well.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Newton, Leibniz, Hooke, PIRATES!
What is there not to like?
Plus it tells you where the best spot to eliminate tiresome ideologues in Trinity's Great Yard is... so useful too.

I would have gone with the First Uplift Trilogy, but as Matt noted, it is incomplete.
Despite my input, I can't insist on the Second Uplift Trilogy.

I would be sympathetic to LeGuin's Earthsea trilogy, were it not for the fact that there are four books. Although I am also sympathetic to the notion that the fourth book does not actually exist and is merely the figment of my deranged imagination.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Leucipo said...

In Stephenson, I miss old good doctor Barrow, fighting against pirates and popists during its mediterranean voyage, then retiring so Newton gets the Lucasian, and then dying on oppium. I like the parts on phosphorus and ammonium, and the idea of going to the joachinstahl mining town -even if he miss the opportunity to get the Curies involved here. For a next book perhaps?

Other problem is that it is expected you read the books after or before -but cronologially near- reading criptonomicon so you can see the parallel in action and persons. It is too much to expect even for a phanatic: it adds to 12 books in Spanish. Dumas is easier.

As for LeGuin, perhaps adding "The Dispossesed" we could get some kind of susy-cancellation and add to a total witten index of three books. Still, I like Douglas Adams bold claim "a trilogy on five books" for the guide.

6:16 AM  
Blogger yami mcmoots said...

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists isn't a trilogy, and has Darwin instead of Newton... but dash off two sequels with physicists in 'em, and it'd be perfect.

Also: definitely HHGTG (the first three books cover enough), people make so many allusions to it, it's just a part of geek cultural literacy.

1:17 PM  

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