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Recommended Readings (November 2012)

Need a good book? Take a look at the recommendations below. This page is designed to highlight readings suggested by people in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We've created this site because expressing our enthusiasm for a favorite book is a wonderful way to share ideas, to stimulate discussion, and to simply embrace a love of reading. We hope you will find this useful in your search for a good book!

A-Wanted -Man 50

A Wanted Man, by Lee Child, Delacorte, 2012 - Reviewed by Larry Riggs

The seventeenth entry in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series kept me interested throughout. I believe that this is largely because most of the action is mental. Reacher, once a military police officer and now a committed vagabond, is hitchhiking across the country to . . .
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Doc .Who 50

Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams, by Gareth Roberts, Ace, 2012 - Reviewed by James F. McGrath

The novel has all the comedy you would expect from a Doctor Who episode written by Adams and starring Tom Baker. For those who may not be familiar with it, the Doctor Who episode Shada was partially filmed in 1979 when a strike brought production to a halt, so that it was never completed and thus never aired.
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Philoponus 50

Philoponus and the Rejection of Aristotelian Science, 2nd edition, by Richard Sorabji, Institute of Classical Studies, 2010 - Reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

Richard Sorabji is the editor of a vast and growing number of translations of ancient commentaries on Aristotle and the editor of several excellent collections of studies on the Aristotelian tradition. Philoponus, a 6th century Christian thinker who was originally trained as a Neoplatonist, is best remembered today for his attack on Aristotle's 'physics'; . . .
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The -Social -Conquest -of -Earth 50

The Social Conquest of Earth, by Edward O. Wilson, Norton, 2012 - Reviewed by Larry Riggs

This new book by the venerable evolutionary biologist and social thinker is a reflection on the three fundamental questions that have always fascinating thoughtful humans: Where did we come from? What are we? and Where are we going?Wilson's answer to the first two questions is that, like the ants, we are eusocial creatures evolved through . . . 
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