Episode 4

Forrest Landry

Philosopher, Engineer, Craftsman & Teacher

Forrest Landry is a philosopher, writer, researcher, scientist, engineer, craftsman, and teacher who has been studying and practicing the varied High Arts since the mid 70’s. He is someone from the height of metaphysics to working with his hands to create things. His journey is a connection between diverse domains, psychology, philosophy, computer science, mathematics, and language.




Ivan Moscovich, Mind Benders: Games of Shape

It was one of his first books he remembers having "new". His father was probably the one who gave this to him during Christmas.

Vladimir Koziakin, Mazes

A "hand down" Christmas gift. He was around 7 or 8. He still keeps it with him.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

He found these on his father bookshelf.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach

He may have been 8 or 9 years old when he read it. His father picked it up by chance when they were browsing at a yard sale. His father said "I think you might like this one", and gave it to him.

It is the only book on any spiritual topic that his father ever gave him.

Jane Roberts, The Nature of Personal Reality

The book was given to him by his father's friend who was a computer scientist. He was around 14 or 15 years old.

Douglas Hofstadter, Godel, Escher, Bach

One of the first books he purchased himself, at great effort, from a bookstore some 20 miles from where he lived.

Manfred Schroeder, Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws

This book really helped him to see the abstract connection between simple mathematics and relevant aspects of nature.

Gardner D. Hiscox, Henley's Formulas for Home and Workshop

He purchased it from a used bookstore when he was in mid teens. It inspired him to understand early tech.

J. R. Pierce, Symbols, Signals and Noise

His first exposure to information theory which strongly influences his perspective on a number of topics today. Powerful tools.