I recently went to the library and took out a book that was all about diamonds. It smelled like learning, it felt like knowledge, it read like self-betterment, and it let me understand something. Learning has evolved past the need to sit in the stacks and turn pages and that is quite alright with me.
You see, I learned about cut, clarity, color, and caret and I learned about historically significant stones, but I didn’t lean a lick about modern creation techniques or how they keep a now common stone at luxury status. Why was that? Because the only book in the entire library about diamonds was published in the 1980s.
And when I had further questions the book didn’t offer easily followed paths for further exploration. It didn’t offer hyper-linked references. Instead, I had to track down material that was out of print and out of date and I soon lost any desire I had for further learning. Continue reading