ddt writes: "Raise your glasses of champagne in a toast at midnight. The time(2) system call turns 40 tonight, and is now officially "over the hill". It's dutifully keeping track of time for clueful operating systems since January 1, 1970."
The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.