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post #76 of 82
Originally Posted by Geoff Gander View Post

I've given up trying to impress people. I go to work, give it my best, act like a gentleman (even to the @$$holes), and dress appropriately. These are your colleagues, not your peer group. If you want them to be friends, then placing a book on your desk to attract their attention sends out all the wrong signals.

Nowadays, you'd have to have an extraordinary job to find any coworkers you'd want as friends. Putting books on your desk is a way to generate positive relations with the social climbers, fakers, and wannabes who you have to do business with. The smart people will get it at first glance.

Originally Posted by Milpool View Post
I would recommend the following:

"CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics" (I think you can get bonus points if you have an older well used copy plus one of the newer ones)

"CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae"

Darn good reading there.

I'd recommend:

"The Great Depression of 1995" by Ravi Batra
"A Matter of Interpretation" by Antonin Scalia
"How Life Imitates Chess" by Garry Kasparov
"Nickle and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich
post #77 of 82
Unless you actually spend time at your desk reading novels instead of doing work like you're supposed to, there's no reason to have any texts other than work-related material on your desk.
post #78 of 82
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. Everyone knows what it is, nobody has read it. I read it to prove a point, and trust me, it's the most unpleasant read I've ever encountered. If that isn't available, textbooks. Fishes: An Introduction to Ichthyology is what I have on my desk, but that's because I'm an ichthyologist, although it gets me plenty of compliments.
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post #80 of 82
Originally Posted by Dakota rube View Post

My dad brought home a book from his office one time. It was a book from the 1950's on appropriate office etiquette. It had a hilarious chapter on how to treat women. I can't remember what it said, but the unapologetic sexism was
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post #82 of 82
I have edward tufte's graphing/charting book on my shelf. This is sort of an inspirational reference but it was bought by me and placed there to read and to use when trying to display some data in a usable and attractive way

I also have a textbook from an Economic Analysis of Law class I took...everything else was either pulled from our library/given to me/expensed to a client (SAS reference, a corp fin textbook, a couple of books on mapping, etc)
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