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I keep reading Concepts of Modern Mathematics.

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    Instead of reading I’m going to post what I finished in the last week, since I generally read books in bursts, and don’t end up reading them over an extended period of time. I finished Provence 1970 by Luke Barr, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The Goldfinch is beautiful, but a little lurid for my tastes. Its treatment of experiencing art was pretty true, I thought. Provence 1970 was interesting more for the history than the writing, which was tepid.

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      Papers
      • Function field sieve method for discrete logarithms over finite fields, Adleman-Huang 1999

      • The function field sieve is quite special, Joux-Lercier 2002

      • The function field sieve in the medium prime case, Joux-Lercier 2006

      • On the function field sieve and the impact of higher splitting probabilities: Application to discrete logarithms in ?_{21971} and ?_{23164}, Göloğlu-Granger-McGuire-Zumbrägel 2013

      • A new index calculus algorithm with complexity $L(¼+o(1))$ in very small characteristic, Joux 2013

      • A quasi-polynomial algorithm for discrete logarithm in finite fields of small characteristic, Barbulescu-Gaudry-Joux-Thomé 2013

      • On the powers of 2, Granger-Kleinjung-Zumbrägel 2014

      Books:
      • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

        This is a phenomenally beautifully written book.

        “You must resist the common urge toward the comforting narrative of divine law, toward fairy tales that imply some irrepressible justice. The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine.”

      • Some of Borges' short stories, in Ficciones

      • Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, Nick Turse

      • Seeing Like A State, James C. Scott

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        Finished the dutch translations of Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1979 by Haruki Murakami last week.

        This week I’m starting with The Castle by Franz Kafka and Game Programming Patterns by Robert Nystrom.

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          Today I read “Zen Mind, Beginners Mind.” The number of “should” statements was peculiar.

          EDIT: No, what I really mean is I’m reading TAOCP Vol 1,2,3 cover to cover by Friday.

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            I found the “Zen Flesh, Zen Bones” koan collection to be enjoyable reading.

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            Aspirational list of things I hope to read this week:

            Reserved for future weeks:

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              The Martian by Andy Weir - I’m half-way through the audiobook and it’s a great, action-packed story. The author obviously took great pains to make it realistic and explain the physics, chemistry, botany, etc relevant to the plot.

              http://www.amazon.com/Martian-Andy-Weir/dp/0553418025

              Note - I’m usually indifferent between text and audio versions, but the narrator for this book does an amazing job, so I’d go for that version if you’re on the fence.