Controversial Books for ucsbphilosophy

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

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1.324 3.82 Pensées and Other Writings (Oxford World's Classics) by Blaise Pascal
1.306 3.69 Adventures of Ideas by Alfred North Whitehead
1.266 3.47 The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
1.24 3.41 Philosophical Explanations by Robert Nozick
1.224 3.58 Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime by Immanuel Kant
1.221 3.13 The Large, the Small and the Human Mind by Roger Penrose
1.177 3.35 The View From Nowhere by Thomas Nagel
1.167 3.98 Writings, 1902-1910 : The Varieties of Religious Experience / Pragmatism / A Pluralistic Universe / The Meaning of Truth / Some Problems of Philosophy / Essays by William James
1.154 3.68 Sense and Sensibilia by J. L. Austin
1.153 3.59 The Anthropic Cosmological Principle by John D. Barrow
1.145 3.78 Knotted Doughnuts and Other Mathematical Entertainments by Martin Gardner
1.141 3.91 Wisdom of the West by Bertrand Russell
1.135 3.81 Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science by Werner Heisenberg
1.116 4.07 Science and Hypothesis by Henri Poincaré
1.104 3.79 Political Liberalism by John Rawls
1.097 3.29 Game Theory: A Nontechnical Introduction by Morton D. Davis
1.095 3.44 A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann
1.093 3.6 Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
1.092 3.83 Walden by Henry David Thoreau
1.085 3.98 CRC standard mathematical tables by William H. Beyer
1.083 3.88 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.081 3.45 Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes
1.081 3.81 The Meaning of Relativity by Albert Einstein
1.072 4.23 Human Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig Von Mises
1.059 3.8 The Idea of the Holy by Rudolf Otto
1.056 3.92 Science and Human Values by Jacob Bronowski
1.054 3.93 The Confessions of St. Augustine by Saint Augustine
1.049 3.93 Theological-Political Treatise by Benedictus de Spinoza
1.047 3.85 Theaetetus by Plato
1.045 3.87 Mind Tools: The Five Levels of Mathematical Reality by Rudolf Rucker
1.041 3.59 The Analysis of Mind by Bertrand Russell
1.039 3.94 Gray's Anatomy by Henry Gray
1.038 3.63 The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities by William Dunham
1.037 3.83 Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty by Morris Kline
1.029 3.54 To Mock a Mockingbird by Raymond Smullyan
1.023 3.94 The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel
1.016 3.71 Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick
1.012 3.75 Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel
1.009 4.07 The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought by Ayn Rand
1.006 3.86 Pensées by Blaise Pascal
1.001 4.08 The Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza
1 4.03 One Two Three . . . Infinity by George Gamow
0.997 3.68 Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite by Rudy Rucker
0.997 3.91 The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
0.996 3.75 Selected Works by Marcus Tullius Cicero
0.991 3.73 Order Out of Chaos by Ilya Prigogine
0.99 3.67 The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics by Roger Penrose
0.99 3.64 St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics (Norton Critical Edition) by Thomas Aquinas
0.989 3.99 Process and Reality by Alfred North Whitehead
0.988 4.13 On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
0.987 4.02 Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
0.983 4.03 Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences by Galileo Galilei
0.981 3.84 The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell
0.977 3.85 Nicomachean ethics by Aristoteles
0.972 3.76 Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
0.969 4.01 How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method by George Pólya
0.968 3.8 In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
0.968 3.78 Meta Math!: The Quest for Omega by Gregory Chaitin
0.965 3.35 Language, Truth and Logic by A. J. Ayer
0.965 3.27 Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem by Amir D. Aczel
0.964 3.76 The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins
0.964 3.88 A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
0.964 3.93 Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein
0.96 4.02 Wholeness and the Implicate Order by David Bohm
0.957 3.66 Dreams of a Final Theory by Steven Weinberg
0.955 3.92 Critique of Judgment by Immanuel Kant
0.952 3.96 The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Roger Penrose
0.951 3.85 Critique of Religion and Philosophy by Walter Arnold Kaufmann
0.95 3.58 Mathematical Carnival by Martin Gardner
0.947 3.82 The Concept of Mind by Gilbert Ryle
0.946 3.92 Universe from Flat Earth to Quasar by Isaac Asimov
0.946 4.11 The Miracle of Theism: Arguments For and Against the Existence of God by J. L. Mackie
0.945 4.02 The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis
0.943 3.7 A Short History of Ethics: A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the Twentieth Century by Alasdair MacIntyre
0.942 4.13 Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
0.942 3.78 Mysticism and Logic by Bertrand Russell
0.937 3.94 Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers by Maxwell Staniforth
0.935 3.98 The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell
0.935 4.02 Enchiridion by Epictetus
0.935 4.09 The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
0.934 3.79 The Dead Sea Scrolls by Géza Vermes
0.934 4.2 The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts by G. S. Kirk
0.934 3.95 The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature by Heinz R. Pagels
0.933 3.85 Fantasia Mathematica by Clifton Fadiman
0.933 4.21 The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C. S. Lewis by C. S. Lewis
0.931 3.81 The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
0.931 3.95 The Concept of Law by H. L. A. Hart
0.929 4.2 The Basic Works of Aristotle by Aristotle
0.929 3.69 Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays by Stephen W. Hawking
0.929 3.83 A Mathematician's Apology by G. H. Hardy
0.928 4.21 The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
0.928 3.46 Logic by Wilfrid Hodges
0.927 4.22 Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers by Jan Gullberg
0.926 4.04 The World's Last Night by C. S. Lewis
0.925 4.09 Aha! Insight by Martin Gardner
0.924 4 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
0.922 4.16 The Foundations of Arithmetic: A Logico-Mathematical Enquiry into the Concept of Number by Gottlob Frege
0.922 3.85 Physics by Aristoteles
0.921 3.93 On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
0.92 3.67 Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
0.917 3.85 The Works of Plato by Plato
0.917 3.97 Against Method by Paul Feyerabend
0.916 3.87 Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein
0.912 3.79 Introduction to Aristotle by Aristotle
0.911 4.26 Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
0.911 3.94 The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis
0.91 4.1 The Character of Physical Law by Richard Feynman
0.91 3.82 A History of Mathematics by Carl B. Boyer
0.908 4.05 The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Karl R. Popper
0.907 3.76 Mathematical Circus by Martin Gardner
0.907 3.95 Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
0.904 3.82 Euthyphro / Apology / Crito / "Death Scene" from Phaedo by Plato
0.903 3.55 Relativity Simply Explained by Martin Gardner
0.902 3.43 Fuzzy Thinking: The New Science of Fuzzy Logic by Bart Kosko
0.901 3.73 Marriage and Morals by Bertrand Russell
0.9 3.8 The Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles & Diversions by Martin Gardner
0.897 3.89 Christian Reflections by C. S. Lewis
0.897 3.91 Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand Russell
0.894 4.06 Stars and Planets by Donald H. Menzel
0.894 4.42 CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics (Modern editions) by Chemical Rubber Company.
0.894 3.97 Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein by Abraham Pais
0.894 4.17 The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton
0.893 4.12 Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
0.893 3.44 It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science by Graham Farmelo
0.893 4.03 The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis
0.888 3.87 The Mind of God : The Scientific Basis for a Rational World by Paul Davies
0.888 3.82 How to lie with statistics by Darrell Huff
0.888 4.15 The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
0.887 3.65 An Imaginary Tale: The Story of √-1 by Paul J. Nahin
0.887 3.91 To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite by Eli Maor
0.885 4.2 The Portable Emerson [New Edition] by Ralph Waldo Emerson
0.884 4.04 Naming and Necessity by Saul A. Kripke
0.882 3.54 The Mathematical Tourist: Snapshots of Modern Mathematics by Ivars Peterson
0.881 4.01 Men of Mathematics by E. T. Bell
0.88 4.03 The Secrets of Mental Math by Arthur Benjamin
0.88 4 Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume
0.878 3.94 God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga
0.878 3.93 How to Do Things with Words by J. L. Austin
0.877 3.74 The First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg
0.872 3.92 The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers by Robert L. Heilbroner
0.869 3.9 Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
0.866 4.22 The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
0.866 3.92 A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
0.865 4.1 Wittgenstein; On Rules and Private Language; An Elementary Exposition by Saul A. Kripke
0.86 3.33 Einstein: The Life and Times by Ronald W. Clark
0.859 3.89 The Evolution of Physics: The Growth of Ideas from Early Concepts to Relativity and Quanta, by Albert Einstein
0.858 3.65 Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra by John Derbyshire
0.856 3.77 In Defense of Anarchism by Robert Paul Wolff
0.856 3.88 Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis
0.856 3.47 Existentialism and Human Emotions by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.854 3.54 The Constants of Nature: The Numbers That Encode the Deepest Secrets of the Universe by John D. Barrow
0.85 4.05 Naive Set Theory by Paul R. Halmos
0.849 4.17 Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
0.847 4.12 God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics by C. S. Lewis
0.846 3.86 God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History by Stephen Hawking
0.845 3.84 Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension by Rudolf V.B. Rucker
0.845 3.72 Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney
0.845 3.74 Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting by Daniel C. Dennett
0.843 4.15 Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner
0.84 3.6 God and the New Physics by Paul Davies
0.84 3.73 The ABC of Relativity by Bertrand Russell
0.839 3.85 In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality by John Gribbin
0.839 4 In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell
0.837 4 The Second Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions by Martin Gardner
0.835 3.56 The Nature of Space and Time by Stephen Hawking
0.832 4.06 What is the Name of This Book?: The Riddle of Dracula & Other Logical Puzzles by Raymond Smullyan
0.831 3.84 Descartes' Dream: The World According to Mathematics by Philip J. Davis
0.828 4.2 Progress and Poverty by Henry George
0.824 3.8 Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre by Walter Kaufmann
0.824 3.73 Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose
0.824 4.16 A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
0.822 3.79 Principia Ethica by G. E. Moore
0.822 3.96 The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel
0.819 4 Power: A New Social Analysis by Bertrand Russell
0.819 3.53 The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design by Leonard Susskind
0.819 3.81 Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man by John Allen Paulos
0.815 4.31 The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis
0.813 4.16 Adventures of a Mathematician by Stanislaw Ulam
0.811 3.95 Gödel’s Proof by Ernest Nagel
0.81 3.79 Marcus Aurelius and His Times by Walter J. Black
0.809 4.05 The Apology, Phaedo and Crito of Plato; The Golden Sayings of Epictetus; The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Charles William Eliot
0.808 3.8 An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals, and Noise by John R. Pierce
0.803 4.11 The Mathematical Experience by Philip J. Davis
0.802 3.67 e: The Story of a Number by Eli Maor
0.802 3.93 Spheres Of Justice: A Defense Of Pluralism And Equality by Michael Walzer
0.8 3.93 The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics by Timothy Ferris
0.797 4.09 Fermat's Last Theorem: The Story of a Riddle That Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years by Simon Singh
0.795 4.03 A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy by Wing-tsit Chan
0.793 3.63 The Compleat Strategyst: Being a Primer on the Theory of Games of Strategy by J. D. Williams
0.792 3.8 On the Good Life by Marcus Tullius Cicero
0.786 3.88 Quantum Questions: Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists by Ken Wilber
0.769 4.11 What Is Life?: The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell by Erwin Schrödinger
0.767 4.23 Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit
0.763 4.25 The Nature of Light and Colour in the Open Air by M. Minnaert
0.756 4.32 What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods by Richard Courant
0.75 4.05 Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics by William Dunham
0.75 3.72 Pi in the Sky: Counting, Thinking, and Being by John D. Barrow
0.749 4.14 Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge by William Poundstone
0.747 4.14 Six Not-So-Easy Pieces: Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry, And Space-Time by Richard P. Feynman
0.734 4.17 The Lady or the Tiger? And Other Logic Puzzles Including a Mathematical Novel That Features Gödel's Great Discovery by Raymond Smullyan
0.733 4.2 From a Logical Point of View: 9 Logico-Philosophical Essays by W. V. Quine
0.733 4.05 The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
0.73 3.74 Introduction To Saint Thomas Aquinas by Thomas Aquinas
0.726 3.74 Wrinkles in Time by George Smoot
0.723 4.32 The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell by Bertrand Russell
0.723 3.92 Introduction to Logic by Irving M. Copi
0.717 4.06 The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy by Robert Audi
0.702 4.12 Word and Object by Willard Van Orman Quine
0.701 4.14 On Certainty by Ludwig Wittgenstein
0.699 4.14 The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener by Martin Gardner
0.698 4.39 On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems by Kurt Gödel
0.69 4 A History of Philosophy, Vol. 4 : Modern Philosophy : From Descartes to Leibnitz by Frederick Copleston
0.687 4.13 Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge by Karl R. Popper
0.681 4.17 The Oxford Companion to Philosophy by Ted Honderich
0.658 4.54 The Feynman lectures on physics [3-volume set] by Richard P. Feynman
0.653 3.82 Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus by Martin Gardner
0.644 4.04 A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis by C. S. Lewis
0.635 4.61 The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Timothy Gowers
0.601 3.83 The Ambidextrous Universe: Mirror Asymmetry and Time-Reversed Worlds by Martin Gardner
0.597 4.63 The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat by Richard P. Feynman
0.587 4.62 The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 2 : Mainly Electromagnetism and Matter by Richard P. Feynman