Libb Thims (books read)

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American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims reads books, typically cover-to-cover, in a Faustian manner, placing them into his personal library, when finished according to a 12-inch book stack procedure (discussed below).
In reading lists, Libb Thims (books read) refers to books read, cover-to-cover, by American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims, some of which are shown and discussed below, in regards to filing-away technique.

“I seek for learning in this book and cannot find it. Though I study all books from end-to-end, I cannot discover the touchstone of wisdom. O, how unfortunate art thou, Faust! The sleepless nights I have spent in fathoming the mysteries of theology! But, no! By heaven, I will no longer delay, I will take upon myself all labor, so that I may penetrate into that which is concealed, and fathom the mysteries of nature!”
— Faust (c.1800), Geisselbrecht’s puppet-play [1]

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Books read (Jul 2018)
A selection of books read by Thims, in early Jul, ; authors: Marcus Aurelius, Ludwig Feuerbach, Roderick Seidenberg, George Millin, Gregory Bateson, John Stewart, Jacques Loeb, Ayaan Ali, and Ludwig Buchner.

Technique | Examples
Readers—who are voracious and “cannot live without books”, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, who owned a personal library of 6,487 books—tend to have a certain technique, in regards to methodology of ordering of finished books.

Kim Peek, famous corpus callosum missing double brain reading savant, who reportedly could recall 13,000-books by memory, down to the page, had the technique that when finished reading a book he would place it upside down and backwards on his bookshelf.
Another person, whose name, at the moment, is lost, had the peculiar technique of reading to fill up a box method: the person would obtain books, either from purchase or library, read each one, and then place them into a large cardboard box. When the box was full, the person would return the books, or give them away, or something along these lines, then start the “box-filling” reading process over again.

Bill Gates, since at least 2012, has had the technique of posting is his annual summer reading list of books he plans to read for that summer, as well as posting online photos, in his “My Bookshelf” page, of his blog. (Ѻ)

Technique | Thims
Libb Thims has a similar technique to the above examples: namely he reads books cover-to-cover, sometimes at the rate of 1-3 books (per day), at the fastest rate, to upwards 1-2 books (per month), if the book is dense or other things are going on or if Internet and or article reading is debarring the book reading process. Of recent years, Thims has employed the technique of placing completed books—some of which he reviews (Ѻ) on Amazon, if spurred in that direction—face down, on a 12x12 inch book shelf section, spine title viewable and horizontally readable, one book on top of the other, as read, until the (a) both the 12-inches of height is filled with a read stack and (b) the empty side shelf margin is filled with a few horizontally-ordered books, so to fill up the 24-cubic inch space completely with books. When space is filled, Thims then recycles the books into his home library, putting them either firstly into a recently read section of new book shelving or into various places category sections of his library, e.g. psychology, economics, mathematics, chemistry history, Einstein, physics, etc.

Thims, a few times, has taken photos of these recently-read stacks and or books shelf rows—Thims currently has 14 six-row books shelves—for the sake of discussion purposes, one example found in the 2013 JHT article “Juarrero, Deacon, Nonreductive Physical Materialism, and Chemical Teleology” (pg. 84). [2]

Amazon | Books ordered
See also: footnote 2.5
In the period 2002 to 2015, Thims ordering some 945 books from Amazon, some of which is summarized below:

2001 | 0 books
No account set up yet. Thims largely bought books from retail book stores. e.g. Borders, Barnes & Noble, university book stores, local small book stores, etc.

2002 | 3 books
● Green Eyes, the Greenest Fields
Andre Crump
Quantum Mechanics: Two Volumes Bound As One
Albert Messiah
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Brian Greene

2003 | 0 books
Thims, per recollection, was deep into penning a 1,000-page draft for a 3-volume Human Thermodynamics manuscript. In particular, Thims, during this year, as he recalls was purchasing dozens of books, weekly or monthly, from Barnes & Noble (Ѻ), at Webster Place, Chicago; some from the philosophy section, some from the science section, and many from the religion and mythology section (see: Thims religion, mythology, and atheism book collection).

2004 | 6 books
Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life Is the...
James Gardner, Seth Shostak
Information Theory and Evolution
John Avery | Ordered: May 11
Facts and Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics
Martinus Veltman | Ordered: May 11
The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution
Stuart Kauffman
● Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means...
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo Barbasi
● Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software
Steven Johnson
Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty
Nancy Etcoff

2005 | 34 books
● The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behavior
Helen Fisher | Placed: Feb 25
William Z. Black, James G. Hartley
A to Z of Thermodynamics
Pierre Perrot
● Particle Physics : A Comprehensive Introduction
Abraham Seiden
● Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe
Leon M. Lederman, Christopher T. Hill
● Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty Of Particle Physics
Bruce A. Schumm
● Sperm Wars: The Science of Sex
Robin Baker
● Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics
S. R. De Groot, P. Mazur
● Modern Thermodynamics : From Heat Engines to Dissipative Structures
Dilip Kondepudi, Ilya Prigogine
● The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation
Matt Ridley
● Self-Organization in Biological Systems (Princeton Studies in Complexity...
Scott Camazine, et al
● Is Future Given?
Ilya Prigogine
● Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Science of Networks
Mark Buchanan
● Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order
Steven Strogatz
At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and...
Stuart Kauffman
● Exploring Complexity: An Introduction
Gregoire Nicolis, Ilya Prigogine
● Order out of Chaos: Man's New Dialogue with Nature [see: footnote 2.5]
Ilya Prigogine | Placed: Aug 6
Thermodynamic Theory of the Evolution of Living Beings
Georgi Gladyshev | Placed: Sep 29
● From Being to Becoming: Time and Complexity in the Physical Sciences
Ilya Prigogine
● Bioenergetics: The Molecular Basis of Biological Energy Transformations by...
Albert Lehninger
● Bioenergetics
Alexander Lowen

Elective Affinities (Penguin Classics)
On 10 Oct 2006, Thims ordered Goethe’s Elective Affinities, the Reginald Hollingdale (1971) translation (see: translations) with chronology and further reading by David Deissner (2005), and thereafter discovered the riddled meaning of Prigogine's footnote 2.5.
● Thermodynamics and the Kinetic Theory of Gases (Pauli Lectures on Physics)
Wolfgang Pauli
● Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
● Statistical Thermodynamics
Erwin Schrodinger

Elective Affinities (Penguin Classics)
[see: chapter four]
Johann Goethe (translator: Reginald Hollingdale) | Ordered: Oct 10

My Twentieth Century Philosophy

Elizabeth Porteus
The Second Law
Peter Atkins
Astonishing Hypothesis: the Scientific Search for the Soul
Francis Crick
Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind
David Buss
The Chemistry of Love
Michael Liebowitz
The Principles of Chemical Equilibrium : With Applications in Chemistry and...
Kenneth Denbigh
The Alchemy of Love and Lust
Theresa Crenshaw
Chemistry of Human Life
George Carey
Human chemistry
William Fairburn
Entropy Demystified: Potential Order, Life and Money
Valery Chalidze
Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire: And other Papers on the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Sadi Carnot
The Science of Love: Understanding Love and It's Effects on Mind and Body by...
Anthony Walsh
Theory of Heat
James Maxwell
Screen Couple Chemistry : The Power of 2
Martha Nochimson
The New Couple: Why the Old Rules Don't Work and What Does
Maurice Taylor, Seana McGee

2006 | 217 orders


2007 | 127 orders

2008 | 53 orders

2009 | 38 orders

2010 | 51 orders

2011 | 89 orders


2012 | 90 orders (some not books, e.g. ink cartridges, face masque [cold weather], etc.)

2013 | 100 orders (some not books)

2014 | 85 orders (some not books)

2015 | 52 orders (some not books)

2016 | 6 orders (some not books)
Energy and Structure: A Theory of Social Power
Richard Adams | Ordered: Jan 18
The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists
Ravi Zacharias | Ordered: Mar 1
The Real Face of Atheism
Ravi Zacharias | Ordered: Feb 10
The Excitement of Science
John Platt | Ordered: Mar 13

Non-book orders: Garmin Vivoactive GPS run/bike/swim watch, Phaiser BHS-530 Bluetooth runner head phones, Ravi
[As of Mar 16]

Note 2.5

Photo | 9 Jul 2014
The following photo, taken 9 Jul 2014 (see: larger size), spurred into photo-taking stage via the Mirza Beg 2014 Jun-Jul thread dialog, shows recent books read, cover-to-cover, by American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims, specifically in order of completion of reading, ordered left-to-right, starting at lower left (oldest read) up to most-recent read (Master Mind) — although, to note, the ten books shown on top shelf to the right have not yet been read — which formerly were two 12-inch stacks (24-inches), of recently read books, but ones that are now in the mid-stage transition state, of going from a newly-read 12-inch book stack stage to dis-connected stack filtered categorically into the home library state: [3]

1. Morris Zucker | Philosophy of American History: the Historical Field Theory (1945)
2. Stephen Greenblatt | The Swerve (2011)
3. George Lundberg | Foundations of Sociology (1964)
4. Cynthia Russett | The Concept of Equilibrium in American Social Thought (1966)
5. Lawrence Henderson | Pareto’s General Sociology: a Physiologist’s Interpretation (1935)
6. Jerry Mayer & John Holms | Bite-Size Einstein: Quotations (1996)
7. Arthur Schopenhauer | Essay on the Freedom of the Will (1839)
8. Addy Ross | What is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology (2012)
9. Adrian Bejan | Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution (2012)
10. Graham Farmelo | The Strangest Man: the Hidden Life of Paul Dirac (2009)
11. Ghassan Hage & Emma Kowal | Force, Movement, Intensity (2011)
12. Rush Dozier | Codes of Evolution (1992)
13. Bertrand Russell | The Analysis of Matter (1927)
14. Reiner Kummel | The Second Law of Economics (2011)
15. Charles Snow | The Two Cultures (1959)
16. Gheorghe Savoiu | Econophysics (2012)
17. John Tyndall | BAAS Address (1847)
18. Tom Siegfried | A Beautiful Math (2006)
19. Norbert Wiener | God & Golem (1964)
20. Ching-Yao Hsieh & Meng-Hua Ye | Economics, Philosophy, and Physics (1991)
21. Balfour Stewart | The Unseen Universe (1875)
22. Jean-Paul Sartre | Existentialism is a Humanism (1945)
23. Alexander Rosenberg | The Atheist’s Guide to Reality (2011)
24. Jay Labinger & Harry Collins | The One Culture? (2001)
25. Joseph Slade & Judith Lee | Beyond the Two Cultures (1990)
Thims books read (9 Jul 2014)
26. Jacques Rueff | From the Physical to the Social Sciences (1929)
27. Neil Shubin | The Universe Within (2013)
28. Neil Shubin | Your Inner Fish (2008)
29. Francis Crick | The Astonishing Hypothesis (1994)
30. Lee Dubridge & Paul Aebersold | Atoms at Work (1950)
31. Mirza Beg | New Dimensions in Sociology (1987)
32. Mala Radhakrishnan | Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances (2011)
33. Stephen Bown | A Most Damnable Invention (2005)
34. Daniel Charles | Master Mind: the Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber (2005)
35. Francis Edgeworth | Mathematical Psychics (1881)

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Thims book stack (28 Mar 2013) annotated
A 28 Mar 2013 recently-read 12-inch stack of books, of Libb Thims, taken to visually-illustrate to American physics-philosopher and neurological-anthropologist Terrence Deacon (fourth book from top), in particular, and also to American philosopher Alicia Juarrero (third book from top), during the JHT beta review of his book (see: JDNM), done in the wake of the so-called Juarrero-Deacon affair (2011-2013); see also peer review quote below. [2]

The following are related quotes:

“I stack books, like your momma stacks pancakes.”
Libb Thims (2013), response (Ѻ) to query (Dec): “how can someone so poorly versed in matters of pronunciations [e.g. Euler, pronounced "Oiler", or Goethe, pronounced: GU(R)-tuh or gu(r)-te; see: audio] rate himself as worthy of creating such a list (of smartest people ever, with cited IQs at or over 200)?”

“To clarify, I read your book in detail, cover to cover, and this reading is inclusive of my standard dissection of books method of pencil noting commenting, boxing in of certain text, stars, checks, boxes, dates, question marks, "what" comments, one or two occasional highlights for exceptional sentences (which in your case amounted to one, namely your statement that Seth Lloyd writes in a "way of telling the story" that "misrepresents the history", which is strikingly true, hence I highlighted it), circles around certain foot notes, etc., etc., etc., which in your case amounted to a total of 1,340 pencil dissection incidences, all the way through your Glossary, Notes, References, Index, up through your second to last page (#601), where I box in all your usages of the term "vitalism", one notation example of which I scanned and posted on the wiki review page [Ѻ], namely notation note #1250 your date typo of the Schneider and Kay reference, which you incorrectly put as 1997 (pg. 561), whereas it should correctly be 1994. I then let the book sit for some time, read two other books [Karl Pearson's 1892 The Grammar of Science and Francis Crick's 1996 Of Molecules and Men], as discussed, then came back to it, went through all 1,340 notation and commentary notes AGAIN and wrote this [review] article with my "remarkably poisoned pen" as you call it.”
Libb Thims (2013), clarification reply to Terrence Deacon as to his accusation that “[your] piles of books [photo above] are also now less convincing because you clearly did not read my book [Incomplete Nature, 2011] all that carefully.”

See also
Libb Thims (citations)
Libb Thims (publications)
Thims’ list of thermodynamics books to buy
Thims’ mate selection book collection
Thims’ thermodynamics book collection

1. Goethe, Johann. (1832). Faust (translator: Bayard Taylor) (pgs. 230-31). Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1883.
2. Thims, Libb. (2013). “Juarrero, Deacon, Nonreductive Physical Materialism, and Chemical Teleology” (pdf) (peer) (book stack photo,pg. 84), Journal of Human Thermodynamics (url), 9(6): 77-122, Jun.
3. (a) Beg, Mirza Arshad Ali. (1987). New Dimensions in Sociology: a Physico-Chemical Approach to Human Behavior (abs) (intro) (pdf) (scanned pdf annotated by Libb Thims, 2014). Karachi: The Hamdard Foundation.
(b) Note: Francis Edgeworth's book Mathematical Psychics an Essay on the Application of Mathematical to the Moral Sciences, isn't shown in the photo, but at the time of the photo it was in the process of being read (#35) added into have the list divisible by multiples of five.

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