Here follows a collection of books on subjects that don't fall into any particular category -- which is what makes them particularly interesting.
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Alexander, C., The Timeless Way of Building, Oxford University Press, Inc.:New York, 1979.
Christopher discovered patterns to structure in 1979 -- in architecture. This is an essay on the value of patterns in building, and especially the value of patterns that have "The Quality Without a Name".
Alexander, C., A Pattern Language, Oxford University Press, Inc.:New York, 1977.
In this book, Christopher describes his architectural patterns.
Beer, S., The Heart of Enterprise, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.:New York, 1979.
A unique look at the nature of systems, be they organisms, companies, or government. Mr. Beer has devised a model for how systems work that is truly insightful.
Tufte, E. R., The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press:Cheshire, CT, 1983
A beautiful book that establishes a foundation for understanding how quantitative information can be displayed effectively.
________, Envisioning Information, Graphics Press:Cheshire, CT, 1990.
This continuation of Tufte's work describes the principles of effective graphic design: what makes a picture effective?
________, Visual Explanations, Graphics Press:Cheshire, CT, 1997.
In this book, Tufte discusses the elements of quantitative representations that make them honest, dishonest, or simply misleading.
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