Saving old textbooks
I trimmed down my book collection. My old textbooks survived, and I’m not sure why. Maybe I won’t admit to myself the justification is mostly nostalgia. I cling to some vague idea of referencing from them someday, even though Googling for information is so engrained it’s practically a reflex.
The advantage of textbooks I see is context. Is what I am searching for in Chapter 9 or Chapter 1? If it’s in Chapter 9, thats a good indication that Chapters 1-8 are prerequisite for the information I’m seeking. When I type a concept I’m researching into Wikipedia, I’m dropped into a page without context. This is especially problematic when I’m looking up something I’m a novice in like Machine Learning. When I type in a term from a Machine Learning book into Wikipedia I might end up at a page written from the point of view of theoretical mathematician, a statistician, or a computer scientist. Our terminology doesn’t always match up across fields.
Maybe I’ll never read my old textbooks again, but I like knowing that if I pick any book, start from page 1, and read until the end, I’ll get a (hopefully) cohesive view of the subject.