The book meme

I like this meme, its a fantastic window into how depressingly geeky we all are.

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open it to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

“Some learned people are intelligent.”

From “Mathematics for the Nonmathematician” by Morris Kline. This is actually an excellent book supposedly for non-science majors to learn about mathematics. In reality its a very nice read on the history of mathematics, with some problems thrown in.

The choice of this book was a grey area according to the rules. The closest was a copy of Nature Genetics, but this is published in volumes and so started at page 700. The next closest was a stack of books, the top one being the latest Buffy comic. I’m not sure comics count. Can anyone make a firm decision about that?

3 thoughts on “The book meme”

  1. I had the same problem in some sense. The “printed item” closest to me was in fact an ad-magazine from a toy store. I judged that the meme rules did explicitly say “book” in the first item and went for the closest “real” book instead.

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