[OPE-L:6599] [OPE-L:65] Query [Brickell]

Louis Humphreys (aramos@btl.net)
Mon, 20 Jul 1998 11:39:53 -0500

Andrew K, aka Drewk, asks:

>A trivial question, but one that's been nagging me: if you have
>never seen the Brickell book and never seen it cited anywhere,
>then how do you know about it?

That's easy. It's a cyberspace byproduct. Here in Belize I've got a
"navigator" for the first time! So, I was browsing the "Marxian Economics"
entry in Amazon.com, an online bookstore of new and out or print books, and
they identify it as out-of-print book. Of course, the title called my
attention immediatly. Probably they got it from the Library of the Congress
data base where John found it.

BTW, I find the online bookstores search devices more efficient and
friendly than those of the Libraries and then probably better to make a
bibliographical research. For example, I haven't been able to get any
information in the Library of the the IISG in Amsterdam because they have a
complicated system involving a thing called "Telnet". I have Telnet but I
couldn't use it yet. In the "commercial sector" (Amazon.com,
Barnesandnoble.com, bibliofind.com, mxbf.com, abebooks.com) you simply ask
for a book or an author and after 2 seconds (could be 4) you know if they
have it or not. You can download the lists and read them calmly afterwards,
without paying the phone service. Is this an example that the "auri sacra
fames" is in line with the scientific research?

Alejandro Ramos
(aka Louis Humphreys!! The server changed my name to that of the owner of
the phone line and no-one has been able to fix it yet.)