Controversial Books for nickpelling

This page shows the most "controversial" books in this library, as measured by the highest standard deviation of members' star ratings.

Standard Deviation Average Rating Your Rating Title
1.213 3.56 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1.072 3.81 How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb
1.052 3.06 The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
1.015 3.64 PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
0.997 3.83 Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century by Richard Kieckhefer
0.965 3.72 Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park by F. H. Hinsley
0.964 3.85 Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind by Charles Nicholl
0.946 3.44 Leonardo: The First Scientist by Michael White
0.941 3.33 Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence by Tim Parks
0.941 3.31 A Mapmaker's Dream: The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice by James Cowan
0.94 3.81 The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (Definitive Edition in One Volume) by da Vinci Leonardo
0.938 3.74 The Medieval Machine: The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages by Jean Gimpel
0.936 4.11 The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
0.927 4.02 Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream by Francesco Colonna
0.905 3.77 Magic in the Middle Ages by Richard Kieckhefer
0.891 3.96 The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg
0.88 3.51 The Friar and the Cipher: Roger Bacon and the Unsolved Mystery of the Most Unusual Manuscript in the World by Lawrence Goldstone
0.878 3.7 The Queen's Conjurer: The Science and Magic of Dr. John Dee, Adviser to Queen Elizabeth I by Benjamin Woolley
0.87 3.58 The Emperor's Codes: The Breaking of Japan's Secret Ciphers by Michael Smith
0.864 4.12 Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath by Carlo Ginzburg
0.85 3.74 A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani
0.849 3.9 Historians' Fallacies : Toward a Logic of Historical Thought by David Hackett Fischer
0.837 4.01 The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity from Antiquity to the Present by Roy Porter
0.815 4.16 The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet by David Kahn
0.802 3.71 The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall by Christopher Hibbert
0.801 3.87 Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King
0.801 3.93 Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects (Complete) by Giorgio Vasari
0.794 4.01 The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries by Carlo Ginzburg
0.781 3.75 The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance by Paul Strathern
0.76 4.17 The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh
0.734 3.36 The Celts: A History by Peter Berresford Ellis
0.65 3.85 The Voynich Manuscript: The Mysterious Code That Has Defied Interpretation for Centuries by Gerry Kennedy