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Intellectual challenges

So I still get e-mails from my grad school research cluster, and right now there's a bunch of discussion about an Opinion piece that appeared in the Proceedings in the National Academy of Sciences entitled "Science in the Age of Selfies." At brief glance, it appears to be one of many such articles in the academic navel-gazing category, and I'm not inclined to dwell on it at great length.

Instead, it reminded me of The Dialectical Biologist, which I would still peg as a major work that challenged and effectively reshaped my thinking. It's by two prolific Biologists, Richard Levins and Lewontin, and is a compilation of essays they've written. Learning about Lyssenkoism in particular really changed my view on the relationship between science and society. The book makes The Structure of Scientific Revolutions look like a simplistic child's model of science.

That makes me curious: what book or books that you have read would you say have really challenged and reshaped your thinking? Why?

(I may or may not be shopping for what book to read next, heh)

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