Fall Reading

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Each morning after breakfast is over and children are on the bus I check my e-mail.  Unfortunately, around 20 of them are advertisements.  I regularly take notice of one of them as it suggests a list of books tailor made for me based on past purchases.  I have done my “reading lists” for you once or twice before, so I thought I would update you on my current “fall reading list.”

I have been working through a number of works by Pierre Duhem.  Duhem was a French physicist and historian of science who shed light on the overlooked “impetus theory” in the Parisian School during the middle ages - forerunner to Newton’s approach to inertia.  I am reading two of his books: The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory and To Save the Phenomena.  A second author who has my attention is Bas van Fraassen.  He is a philosopher of science who was at the center of the realism/anti-realism debate in science during the last half of the twentieth century.  I am enjoying my exploration of his “Constructive Empiricism” and his consistent push for patience when choosing between two or more empirically adequate theories in relation to scientific data.  The three books I am reading are:  The Scientific Image, Laws and Symmetry, and Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective.  He is underutilized in dialogues between Theology and the sciences.  On the lighter side, with the fireplace glowing, our Alaskan malamute by my feet, and a tasty octoberfest  in my hand, I enjoy reliving many short stories from Jack London.

If you are looking for some interesting reading for your “fall reading list,” you might pick up Duhem, van Fraassen, or London and read along.  I would enjoy discussing their refreshing impact on your soul over coffee or tea.