Truly exceptional books
Updated Wednesday, October 31, 2007 6:20 PM

Copyright © 2005 Dan Dill (
Department of Chemistry, Boston University, Boston MA 02215


The books here are ones that I have found to be truly exceptional and helpful.

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Chemistry : A General Chemistry Project of the American Chemical Society, by American Chemical Society, Jerry A. Bell




Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula: Cures Many Mathematical Ills, Paul J. Nahin


The Equations: Icons of Knowledge, Sander Bais

Visual Complex Analysis, Tristan Needham. I have always wondered how to visualize integration in the complex plane (Cauchy integration formula), and purchased this book a few years ago in the hopes it would help. Then, reading in Penrose, The Road to Reality, the book was mentioned in just this context in a footnote. It turns out Needham was a student of Penrose.

I strongly recommend Mathematica Navigator, 2e, Heikki Ruskeepää, as your guide to working with Mathematica.


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The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers, Peter Krogh. This is an extraordinarily accessible and detailed tutorial on the importance of digital asset management, and its efficient and flexible implementation using using Adobe Bridge and iView Media Pro.