Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Free books and ... geology of course

I was driving back home from the office today listening to NPR, and Andrei Codrescu's commentary "Getting From Here to There"  inspired me in many ways.  His story also pointed me to an iPhone app "FreeBooks", which I immediately searched for and downloaded when I arrived home.  The app is advertised as "23,469 classics for less than a cup of coffee" and I can tell that it will become one of my favorite apps.  It will take me a while to read all of this good stuff, but for sure among the first will be the "geology-flavored" books.  Here are some of them, now accessible anytime from my trusty iPhone (if I would only have more than 24h in a day):

  • The Student's Elements of Geology - by Charles Lyell (1870)
  • Geological Observations on South America - by Charles Darwin (1846)
  • Geological Observations of Volcanic Islands - by Charles Darwin (1844)
  • Geological Contemporaneity and Persistent Types of life - by Thomas H. Huxley (1862)
  • The Economic Aspects of Geology - by C.K. Leith (1921)
  • Discourses: Biological and Geological Essays - by Thomas Henry Huxley (1894)
  • Town Geology - by Charles Kingsley (1871)
  • The Boy Scouts of the Geological Survey - by Robert Shaler
So, drink one less cup of coffee, relax with a good ole book and be happy!

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