being home in maine, i didn't have much preventing me from getting a little further down my reading list.
what i finished during vacation:
The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
Emergence, by Steven Johnson
An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals and Noise, by John Robinson Pierce
Mathographics, by Robert Dixon
and i made it a ways into Euclid's Elements.
i've been getting really interested in math again lately and i must say that Dover Books have been a godsend. if you go to the Mathematics section of a bookstore and start looking at prices, you'll notice that most books on math are really expensive. but the Dover books mostly seem to hover around $10-12. they tend to be older but still are often of decent quality. when you think you might be interested in tensor analysis but aren't really sure, spending $10 on a Dover book is a reasonable investment.
on a related note, does anyone have a good introductory calculus book they recommend? i can do most calculus that comes my way but i haven't actually studied calculus for 5 or 6 years and i'd like to brush up and fill in the gaps in my memory. i have a bunch of books on vector calculus and differential equations left over from my college classes but i did all my intro calculus in high school and they take the books back at the end of the year.