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(Another book review, this time from 2002 and the Journal of the History of Biology. Both books are still in print and worth reading) The simplicity (and adversarial nature) of the phrase "science versus religion" belies the diversity of ways in which these two fields of knowledge can, and do, interact. Thanks to the work…

Another book list

There’s another one of those book lists circulating – a list of 100 works of which it is claimed that the average American has read only six. Whether that is true or not (and Chad doesn’t believe it), the list contains the usual mixed bag of works. Below the fold is the list; bolded works…

(Another review that was published a few years back, in this case in Isis in 2001. Alter’s book is still in print and still worth reading.) Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was written in a vivid style and, as such, is frequently studied as much as literature as scientific text. Particularly notable is Darwin’s use…

Book Review: Conkin & Gould

(The following is the text of a review I wrote that appeared in Journal of the History of Biology in 2000. As both of the books are still in print – and the Gould book is his exposition of Nonoverlapping Magesteria – I thought the review was worth posting.) Most of us are familiar with…

More on Timaeus

A few months ago, I quoted George Sarton’s low opinion of Plato’s Timaeus. Jonathan Barnes has reviewed David Sedley’s Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity and has this to say about Timaeus: Above all, Sedley lauds the Timaeus. It is a ‘uniquely rich and seminal text’. It is ‘the most influential of all Plato’s works,…

Slow day: Another book list

Via BikeMonkey I see that DrugMonkey had a "106 Books of Pretension" meme going last October. Namely, "the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users." So here we go – what I’ve read is in italics, what I never finished is struck through:

Cult Fiction

The Telegraph has a list up of the top fifty "best cult books," a category they describe as: the sort of book that people wear like a leather jacket or carry around like a totem. The book that rewires your head: that turns you on to psychedelics; makes you want to move to Greece; makes…

Vox Day abusing Darwin

Vox Day – who writes for WorldNetDaily – has published a book, The Irrational Atheist which is available for free online. It’s an attack on Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins and other "new atheists". Brent Rasmussen over at Unscrewing the Inscrutable has taken the book very seriously. So I decided to check it out. Unfortunately, it doesn’t…

On Gould’s History

Razib has posted his thoughts on Chapter 4 of Gould’s The Structure of Evolutionary Theory and ends with: I suspect that defenders of this reputedly brilliant work will claim the long build up cashes out in a stupendous climax which will leave me aghast at its audacity. We shall see, but after 341 pages, 1/4…

A SET update

Unlike Razib, my reading of Gould’s The Structure of Evolutionary Theory isn’t progressing. This is for a number of reasons but primary among them is a busy week service-wise coupled with other reading that must take priority if I’m going to be coherent in class. Looking at the beast in question, I’m guessing weekends will…