The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 August 2007

Now I feel better

More than once I've bought a book which turned out to be a book I'd already bought, and I hated to give it away, so — well, you get the idea.

Still, sometimes there's a good reason for owning two copies of a book:

I suppose on first glance, it is sort of crazy to have two copies of Alberts. The thing is like a concrete door stopper. Not to mention, expensive. But if you're in my field, you have to invest in these kind of things. I got my first copy as an undergrad. However, when I went to grad school, they came out with the next edition which had some new stuff in it. There's always new stuff coming out in science and, well, you just have to keep up. Unlike 18th century British literature.

"Alberts" being The Molecular Biology of the Cell, by Bruce Alberts et al. It's indeed a bruiser, with a triple-digit price.

On the other hand, if there is anything new coming out in 18th-century British literature, I'd like to know about it. Even if there's no mention of mitochondria at all.

(I think I once had two copies — different vintages — of The Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, another massive tome that's subject to change.)

Posted at 7:51 AM to Almost Yogurt


I still have two copies of CRC's Standard Math Tables, a much smaller volume.

And, as far as I'm aware, the Bulwer-Lytton competition is the only potential updater in the field of 18th-century British literature.

Posted by: wheels at 1:39 PM on 14 August 2007