While in Canberra recently, perhaps it was more a sense of “home-coming” (well, it was my home for about 4 years after all??), I did not end up buying any ‘speciality’ souvenirs there before returning to Singapore. Actually, I have never really been fond of buying souvenirs even on my previous trips – mostly postcards in fact, and perhaps a booklet here or here!?

However, on this trip I did come away with an almost overflowing bag! Why? I bought the following books:

  1. God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History
  2. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers : The Story of Paul Erdos (pronounced as Air-dish) and the Search for Mathematical Truth
  3. Jesus the man: A new interpretation from the Dead Sea scrolls – in case you are interested, the appendices detailing factual information such as the chronology and peculiarities of writing from that period took up about half of the book!

While the last book on the list is perhaps available in Singapore, when it comes to books, I am usually unable to resist the temptation… Better safe than sorry! 🙂

As a result of these discoveries, I am quite intrigued by the publisher of the first book, Running Press. Running Press seems to be making some serious efforts in (re)publishing many of the classics – and I mean classics as in the ancient stuff from Copernicus, Newton, etc. as well as the lecture series from Feynman. Needless to say, I was very tempted to buy more but some other time. 🙂