Leading scientists in a variety of fields gave their recommendations on life changing books at New Scientist yesterday. This makes pretty interesting reading – and certainly throws up some ideas for adding to your bookshelf.
Among the 17 recommended books were volumes as diverse as Animal Rights by Peter Singer, which turned Primatology expert Jane Goodall into a vegetarian overnight, developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik’s life-long companion, Alice in Wonderland and legendary chemist Peter Atkins’ ideal desert island companion, the Handbook of Mathematical Functions.
My life changing book would probably be The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins simply because in a single stroke it helped me de-clutter my thinking on religion. 1984 by George Orwell is also pretty far up there because, reading it as a teenager it turned my perception of human nature and politics on it’s head.
So, as the title asks… what is your life changing book?
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