A. Volk

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Back when I had long hair.
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One Renegade Cell: The Quest For The Origin Of Can&hellip by Robert A. Weinberg
I love this book for two reasons. First, it clearly explains (albeit in technical terms) what cancer is. It's not an infectious disease. It's not a foreign agent invading our body. It is, quite simply, a cell who's DNA gets damaged or mutated to a point where it ignores an important rule of multicellular life: don't keep reproducing yourself. Unlike bacteria, who can grow unchecked, if cells within a multicellular organism keep growing, the organism does too. If the cells in your fingers kept growing, your fingers would grow like your finger nails do. Clearly, that's not a viable way to "build" a body. So our cells are programmed to only grow under the right conditions, and… Read more
Applied Multiple Regression/Correlation Analysis f&hellip by Jacob Cohen Stephen G.&hellip
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic stats book, July 23 2014
This book is one of the tools that helped me really understand the mechanics (i.e., the guts) of multiple regression. A classic when it was written decades ago, it remains in print because it is one of the most authoritative guides to multiple regressions. It begins with a thorough review of correlations, including formulas where required (I still hand-calculate the significance of a difference between correlations with these equations). The remainder of the book (75% or so) deals with multiple regression in all of its various forms. It includes recommendations for what kind of regressions to use with what type of data, a detailed discussion of assumptions (and their violation), a… Read more
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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Heinlein's Starship Troopers is rightly considered to be one of the best pieces of military science fiction ever written. Rather than being action-oriented, it is largely a philosophical book. In many ways, Ender's Game follows the same vein. There is more action and the philosophizing is less blatant. But I think it might actually surpass Heinlen's book in being thought-provoking. Heinlein asks what do citizens owe the military? Orson Scott Card asks much the same thing, only in a more ruthless fashion.

Because the hero of the book is a young boy. A brilliant young boy who will poked, prodded, and tested to make sure… Read more

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