Category Archives: Reading List

Marathoning for Mortals

John “The Penguin” Bingham, Coach Jenny Hadfield, Marathoning for Mortals, A Regular Person’s Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Half-marathon or Marathon (New York: Rodale, 2003)

Content is obvious from title. Philosophically the emphasis of the authors is doing the training, and showing up for the race. The main emphasis is showing up at the start line, then the race will just happen.

The Code Book

Simon Singh, The Code Book, The Evolution of Secrecy from Mary Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography (New York: Doubleday, 1999)

Interesting book which shows the importance of cryptography from early times through WW II and the breaking of Nazi code machines to present day.

Cryptography Theory and Practice

Douglas R. Stinson, “Cryptography Theory and Practice Second Edition” (Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2002)

Technical reading about this topic. Haven’t actually read the last page of the last chapter, but have read enough to consider to have finished it. If you aren’t convinced that public key infrastructure really works or want to know how secure encryption is, then this is a good book.

Every Living Thing

Rob Dunn, “Every Living Thing, Man’s Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys,” (New York: Harper Collins, 2009)

Written by a professor in our department. I learned more from this book about zoology thanĀ  a college graduate should.