Umberto Eco’s Anti-Library

The writer Umberto Eco belongs to a small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful and non-dull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: there are those who react with “Wow! Signore professore dottero Eco, What a library you have! And how many of these books you have read?” and the others – a very small minority – who get the point that a private library is not an ego boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable as unread ones.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

It happened recently that I was asked were I got my information from and I decided to make a list of some of my book sources. Some of the books listed I use regularly as references, some offered an entry into the subject material and some were read just out of interest.

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