We all have our peculiarities. One of mine is a preference for the printed word over its electronic equivalent. Basically, this is merely a personal proclivity, but I dress it up as prudent preparation for the day when Western politicians have to face up to their failure to provide an adequate growing supply of reliable electrical power. There will not be enough electric power to support both their favorite Electric Vehicles and the massive server farms required for the cloud. Something will have to be rationed – and we can rely on the Political Class to make the wrong choice. When that unfortunate day comes, those of us with printed books will smile.
That brings me to an amazing source of printed materials – Zubal Books in Cleveland, Ohio – the place where the theory of the aether met its end. For anyone who shares my printed perversion, it is worth checking out.
For example, I have long been intrigued by Claude Shannon, who did so much to provide the basis for communication theory. Zubal indeed has a copy of Shannon’s original 1949 “The Mathematical Theory of Communication”. Unfortunately, at $768.33, that volume will not be joining my stack.