Editor's note: Chris Liner is the author of Elements of 3-D Seismology, 2nd Edition (PennWell Publishing Co., 2004), and Greek Seismology (Samizdat Press). When not engaged in the serious business of research, he can often be caught playing with computers and reading really old books.

“A man will turn over half a library to make one book.”—Samuel Johnson, 1799–1784

I made the decision in India on the road from Dehradun, about three hours from Delhi. The driver honked and swerved into oncoming traffic as a 20 meter statue of Shiva stood peaceful watch over the Ganges. Here, half way round...

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