THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS
THOMAS S. KUHN
I took Kuhn’s course on the History of Science as a “broadening elective” while an undergraduate at Princeton. The Structure of Scienitific Revolutions was, of course, the key reading. Kuhn’s thesis that even science is not “science” but a human construct and that scientists worked with “paradigms” for so long as they solved the important problems posed by a discipline and then when new problems broke the Paradigm a new paradigm emerged made sense to me. I found the paradigm concept useful as a student, and as a lawyer, and now as an academic lawyer. I filter quite a bit of what I learn and teach using paradigms (though I only occasionally use the term).
THE CRIME NOVELS OF MICHAEL INNES (J.I.M. STEWART)
As a very provincial deeply midwestern American, my youthful exposure to things English came largely first from Conan Doyle and then from Agatha Christie. I doubt I would have applied for a Rhodes without that literary foundation on books checked out of the Traverse City Carnegie-endowed public library. Since my first Oxford days, I added Dorothy Sayers and Colin Dexter. Now I applaud Michael Innes whom I discovered just a year or two ago - great to find someone so much in the body-in-the-library tradition with so many unread novels.