Dear FiveBooks Readers,
This week on FiveBooks, we’ve featured interviews with an ornithologist, a
translator, a former FBI Chief Negotiator, and a former senior advisor to
four American presidents on the Middle East – not to mention Robin Lane Fox,
one of the UK’s most distinguished classicists. Read on for links to these
experts’ book recommendations.
Will Hobson on Inkblots
_Monday, January 31st_
Author of a modern, inkblot-based character test discusses the history and
cultural resonances of the inkblot, from Victor Hugo to Andy Warhol
Gary Noesner on Negotiating and the FBI
_Tuesday, February 1st_
Former FBI negotiating chief says negotiators need to come across as
non-threatening and non-judgmental. And active listening isn’t just
something you use in a hostage situation; it’s important in everyday life,
too Continue Reading…
Tim Birkhead on Sperm
_Wednesday, February 2nd_
Sheffield professor and spermatology pioneer explains how promiscuous
females can be selective about sperm, even after multiple inseminations
Bruce Riedel on Pakistan
_Thursday, February 3rd_
Presidential advisor on Middle East and South Asian issues, former CIA
officer and bestselling author chooses five books that explore the critical
situation in Pakistan Continue Reading…
Robin Lane Fox on Religious and Social History in the Ancient World
_Friday, February 4th_
Eminent historian and Oxford don focuses on how the cultural and
philosophical changes that occurred in late antiquity are essential to our
understanding of modern world views Continue Reading…
Lastly, don’t miss today’s interview with When the Lights Went Out
author Andy Beckett, who’s chosen five books on the 1970s, including works
by John le Carré and Malcolm Bradbury.
The FiveBooks team at TheBrowser
Can a Computer Win On "Jeopardy"?
Stephen Baker | WSJ | 5 February 2011
Book extract. How IBM built and programmed a computer to beat human
contestants in a television game show. Tougher than chess, apparently.
Computer is fast, great with facts, but bad with puns and complex grammar.
And it crashes
Want to know how our planet is faring? Access the definitive reading list on
climate change, as recommended by Jonathan Porritt and others, and read
articles that will get you past the smoke and mirrors of Climategate
Book of the Day
Augustine of Hippo: A Biography
-by Peter Brown-
Robin Lane Fox says: "Peter Brown’s immense strength is placing the changes
in Augustine’s outlook against the changing tone and social pressures of the
eras and locations in which he moved. It is a most brilliant picture of the
changes in the individual in antiquity who is best known through his own
writing, including his superb Confessions. Like many, I would say that this
is the outstanding biography of the 20th century."
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