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real nameBen Crowell
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sig (optional)Information wants to be free, so make some free information.
bio (optional)I have a Ph.D. in physics from Yale, but I more fondly remember my undergraduate days at Berkeley, where I majored in math and physics. These days I teach physics and astronomy at Fullerton College, a community college in Southern California.

If you're ever in need of a non-chemical, nonaddictive sleep aid, you can read my free Light and Matter physics textbook series. I run The Assayer, and I'm also an amateur violist.

Reviews by This User

Yorktown High School Hypertext Markup Language Course - Needs work
Lessons in Electric Circuits - An excellent practical and intuitive introduction
Jazz Improvisation Primer, A - Useful, but not perfect
Linear Algebra - Excellent applications, modern approach
Making Photographs - Amusing, clear, and informative
Essential Physics - Fails to connect with reality and experiments
Maximum RPM: Taking the Red Hat Package Manager to the Limit - not "maximum" enough
Python for Software Design: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist - It's good. It's free. It matters.
Open Source Development With CVS - Useful
Cathedral and the Bazaar, The - interesting and influential, but flawed
DocBook: The Definitive Guide - dull
CGI Programming on the World Wide Web - I wish I'd known about this book
Conspirators' Hierarchy: The Story of the Committee of 2000 - Crackpot conspiracy stuff
Fisherman and His Wife, The - An interesting experiment
E-Mail 101 - obsolete
Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX2e, The - Short, sweet, and to the point
Linux System Administrators' Guide, The - obsolete
Grokking the GIMP - hard to use without reading from cover to cover
Homeomythology - Why is this useful?
Art Of Unix Programming, The - a quick introduction to the culture
GNU Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool - a complete guide to some tools I wish we didn't need
Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmer's Guide - a good intro
FreeBSD Handbook - best of both worlds
Conceptual Calculus - sloppy and incomplete
Calculus Bible, The - dry, and short on applications and motivation
Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software - Is it right?
Elementary Mechanics and Thermodynamics - not a good solution to the problem
Classical Electrodynamics for Undergraduates - strange order of topics; no figures
Developing Applications with Objective Caml - dry and technical, doesn't answer the big questions
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - not the same old stuff
FreeBSD Unleashed - where is it?
Elementary Calculus: An Approach Using Infinitesimals - I wish I'd learned calculus from it!
Calculus refresher - more than lecture notes, less than a stand-alone text
Lectures on Calculus - Re: Re: Who is going to use this? (THIS IS NOT A FRESHMAN CALCULUS TEX
Difference Equations to Differential Equations: An Introduction to Calculus - a roundabout approach
Fields and Galois Theory - nice complete textbook; sometimes a little crisp for my taste
Calculus Unlimited - limits unlimited?
Age of Einstein, The - platonistic
Thermal and Statistical Physics - nice, but incomplete
Uncivil War, The - not much of a book
OpenTextBook - Re: OpenTextBook starting with college math but with big plans
Version Control with Subversion - pretty good for such new software
G-Dimensional Theory & The Smarandache Quantum Paradoxes: Comparative Logic and Modern Quantum Theory - crank literature
Programming in Lua - nice introduction to the language
Communication (Talking) With Help Advice, From My Cosmic Friends - crank literature
Complex Variables - nice, complete textbook
Ada Programming - one of the best products of Wikibooks so far
Complete FreeBSD, The - my favorite BSD book
Geometry Unbound - no figures
Whatís Up 2007: 365 Days of Skywatching - ok, but some flaws
Blindsight - intellectual SF
Ripper: Redux, The - subliterate
How to Brew - excellent book
My Choice to Abuse Drugs - lame
Real World Haskell - very useful
Love for Manufactured Things, The - English poetry by someone whose English is horrible
Abstract Algebra: Theory and Applications - very high quality
Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference - seems decent
CK-12 Calculus - poorly produced
Kiswahili Grammar - wonderful resource
College Physics - needs non-numerical homework problems
First-semester calculus - excellent
Second-semester calculus - excellent
Total reviews63
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