To write his new book, Nabokov’s
Favorite Word is Mauve, journalist and statistician Ben Blatt loaded
thousands of classics and contemporary best-sellers into various databases and
let his hard drive churn through them. He wanted to know if our favorite
authors follow conventional writing advice about cliches, adverbs and
exclamation points (they mostly do); if men and women write differently (yep);
if an algorithm can identify a writer from his or her prose style (it can); and
which authors use the shortest first sentences versus those who use the longest.
We can hear thousands of monocles dropping into thousands of
cups of Earl Grey from here. “But what of literature?” you sputter. “What does any of that
technical folderol have to do,” — here you start wiping your monocle on
your nosegay — “with ART?”
Here’s an alphabetical list of all available free books. Note that many of the links will bring you to an external page, usually with more info about the book and the download links. Also, the links are updated as frequently as possible, however some of them might be broken. Broken links are constantly being fixed. In case you want to report a broken link, or a link that violates copyrights, use the contact form.
A Beginner’s Guide to Mathematica
A Brief Introduction to Particle Physics
A First Course in General Relativity
A New Astronomy
A No-Nonsense Introduction to General Relativity
A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century, Fourth Edition
A Review of General Chemistry
A Simple Guide to Backyard Astronomy
A Text Book for High School Students Studying Physics
A Tour of Triangle Geometry
About Life: Concepts in Modern Biology
Advanced Mathematics for Engineers
Advanced Microwave Circuits and Systems
Advances in Computer Science and IT
Advances in Evolutionary Algorithms
Advances in Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Advances in Haptics
Advances in Human Computer Interaction
Age of Einstein
Aging by Design
AMPL: A Modeling Language for Mathematical Programming
An Introduction to Elementary Particles
An Introduction to Higher Mathematics
An Introduction to Many Worlds in Quantum Computation
An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
An Introduction to Mathematics
An Introduction to Proofs and the Mathematical Vernacular
An Introduction to Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
Analysis 1 (Tao T)
Analysis 2 (Tao T)
Astronomy for Amateurs
Astronomy with an Opera-Glass
Automation and Robotics
Basic Algebra, Topology and Differential Calculus
Basic Concepts of Mathematics
Basic Concepts of Thermodynamics
Basic Concepts of Thermodynamics Chapter 1
Basic Ideas in Chemistry
Basic Math: Quick Reference eBook
Basic Mathematics for Astronomy
Basic Positional Astronomy
Basic Principles of Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics
Anon asked: Plz an imagine Peter Parker where he’s best friends with y/n but secretly likes her and gets pissed off when a jock flirts with her so he uses his spidey powers and kicks his ass? And then you decide where it goes from there, haha sorry if this is too long. thanks pal ;)
“Like I said, nothing to worry ab-” Peter faded out as he stuck his head into his locker to rummage around while Y/N leaned against the ones next to him.
“Nothing to worry about,” you scoffed, chipping at the already peeling cobalt blue paint covering the locker. “Coming from Peter Parker, the smartest kid in this school, I’m sure you are completely right. Nothing to worry about for you."
You glanced around Midtown high school with a heavy sigh as a loud crash echoed from your best friends locker.
Not even flinching, your face broke into a smirk. Who knows what that boy had shoved in that poor thing.
Before you could say anything, his voice called out, "I’m okay!"
Laughing, and shaking your head, you looked away to see Flash Thompson smiling down at you.
It’s Banned Books Week and last year has seen an increase in reported
challenges. Unfortunately, 2016 was unprecedented in another way by a book
reaching the top ten solely because of its author. Bill Cosby‘s children’s book
series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against him. His
name is now also going down in the history of banned or challenged books!
Digging more into statistics from 2016 is a bit disheartening considering
the top five books challenged were because of LGBT content. Though if you
consider books by or featuring diverse people as a whole, 2015 may have been
worse since arguably nine of the books on the list that year fit such criteria. Objections to such content go far back in the pages of history.
Accordingly it disappoints me greatly to see continued strong opposition to
diverse fiction that not only serves to help people recognize commonalities
present between us all but, also inspire or comfort individuals.
(Artwork courtesy of the American Library
hii!! could you please write an isaac lahey x reader where they’re dating and she’s trying to study, but he keeps interrupting her (like kissing her and stuff) cuz he’s bored??
AN: This goes along with the other Isaac Lahey imagines that you can find on Part 2 of my Masterpost :)
You sat at your desk in your room, your music playing as background noise to cancel out the rest of the noise going on the hallway. Your Chemistry book, your Statistics book, and your books for your English class were spread out in front out you. You heard your dorm door open and turned to see your smiling boyfriend enter. “Hey, what are you doing here?”
“I got out of practice early. Thought I’d stop by and hang out for a while and then we could get dinner. What are you doing,” he peered over your full desk.
“I’ve got a Chemistry test in a couple weeks that I have to get organized for, Stats homework due Friday and a quiz in it Wednesday, and I have a English paper I have to do a rough draft for. I don’t know if I’ll be entertaining until I can get some of this done,” you said apologetically.
“That’s alright, you do your work and I’ll just chill out here,” he jumped on your bed, “and look at my phone.” You grinned and got back to work, digging into your chemistry.
After about an hour of making chemistry note cards and reviewing your stats notes you heard Isaac finally reach the limit of his boredom. He let out a sigh before turning onto his stomach. Then another sigh as he gave up trying to get comfortable. He stood up and started looking the things that lines your shelves and nightstand, things he’d seen a thousand times before. Finally, he stopped behind your chair and knelt over your shoulder.
“Can I help you,” you turned to look at him.
“No.” He stayed over your shoulder watching you go over notes. Slowly his arms wrapped around your neck and he leaned into you. Then he pressed a kiss to your neck.
“Isaac,” you warned.
“What,” you could hear the smirk on his face as he pretended he wasn’t doing anything wrong.
“I need to get this stuff done.”
“You are getting it done,” he said in between the kissed he kept giving you.
“Isaac, if I flunk these tests I’m going to be ruined…”
“You’re not going to fail. You’re a genius,” he spun your chair around and, this time, kissed your mouth. “So, why not take a little break with me?” His grin was infectious.
“I have to start my paper tonight.”
“Then let’s order a pizza for delivery, keep ourselves busy for a little while, and after we’ve eaten you can start your paper…”
With his smirking lips so close to yours you found yourself giving in. “I guess I can take a little break.”
“That’s my girl,” he said grabbing you and pulling you out of your chair.