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These books are each lively and enjoyable reading, particularly pertinent to engineers and systems people. If you want a break from equations that's still relevant to your career, a look at the "big picture", or a taste of what you could be getting yourself into professionally, check out any or all of the following:

Normal Accidents : living with high-risk technologies by Charles Perrow [New York : Basic Books, c1984.]
-- 5 copies in UT Library system including 2 at Eng. Library.
An excellent survey of the many ways that systems fail and the sometimes bizarre consequences. Memorable and a great source of cautionary lines of thought. I have retold several of the disasters recounted in this book at parties, to good effect.

To Engineer is Human : the role of failure in successful design by Henry Petroski. [New York : Vintage Books, 1992.]
-- 4 copies in UTL including 2 at Eng. Library.
An enjoyable account of the engineering way of life. Reflections on what it means to be an engineer. Highly readable.

Fatal Defect : chasing killer computer bugs by Ivars Peterson. [New York : Times Books, c1995.]
-- One copy at Gerstein Library.
An engrossing look at the perils of software-based systems in control of safety-critical applications. Inspired by the fascinating discussions over recent years in the comp.risks newsgroup. A must-read for anyone looking to work in a field where software plays a part in systems control.

The Cuckoo's Egg: tracking a spy through the maze of computer espionage by Cliff Stoll. [New York : Doubleday, 1989.] One of the granddads of the internet as we know it, Stoll writes a truly engaging and amusing account of his time as a "volunteer" unix admin during his grad studies at Berkeley.

For ongoing reading, I can think of nothing more sobering, eye-opening, and also amusing than the comp.risks newsgroup on usenet.