What I'm Reading

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Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography

by Douglas A. Campbell

A thorough reconstruction of the chronology of the apostle Paul purely from his letters, without appeal to Acts.


Introduction to Tensor Analysis and the Calculus of Moving Surfaces

by Pavel Grinfeld

A wonderful introduction to tensor calculus (I haven't got to the bits on moving surfaces yet) that balances the algebraic and geometric foundations and focuses on building intuitions rather than formalization.


Pre-Greek: Phonology, Morphology, Lexicon

by Robert S. P. Beekes

A reconstruction of the non-Indo-European language believed to have been spoken by the Greeks prior to Indo-European, based on evidence in Ancient Greek.


In Search of Cell History: The Evolution of Life's Building Blocks

by Franklin M. Harold

A follow on to the author's The Way of the Cell focusing on theories of how cells came about.

Haven't started reading this yet.


Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen

by Jane Hawking

An updated autobiography by Stephen Hawking's first wife and the basis for the recent movie The Theory of Everything.


Basic Linguistic Theory Volume 1: Methodology

by R.M.W. Dixon

Part of a three-volume magnum opus on linguistic description and typology from one of Australia's leading linguists. The series is destined to become the guide to writing descriptive grammars.

Despite "theory" in the title, this could better be described as "anti-theoretical", with Dixon's characteristic dig at linguists who do theory first.

I'm almost finished this volume and about to start Volume 2: Grammatical Topics.