A tribute to the scientific bookstore - a dying breed I'm afraid.
The pleasure of the technical/scientific bookstore is a rare and elusive thing. It's like spending your life in a foreign country, only to find a store full of books written in a native tongue that you never knew about. To find a new store can be the highlight of a trip. Over the years my friends and I have exchanged stories and the addresses of our favorite bookstore finds around the world.
Although the Internet has brought us many wonderful things (witness the last post) it has brought about the demise of many used and specialty bookstores. Santa Barbara used to have literally dozens of used bookstores and even Isla Vista had several. A few remain in Santa Barbara but Isla Vista's are long gone.