[Humanist] 25.808 books that surprise?

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Mon Mar 12 07:41:55 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 808.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 10:53:07 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: books that surprise the author

I am compiling a list of books whose reception greatly outstripped 
the expectations of the authors, and so demonstrated (as Pierre de Latil 
says in Thinking by Machine, La Pensée Artificielle), something very 
significant "in the air... [a] way of thought... so very present 
everywhere, though unperceived, that the spark caused by such a book was 
sufficient to touch off an explosion" (1956/1953: 17). His example is 
Norbert Wiener's Cybernetics (1947). But the same can also be said of 
the following:

The Kinsey Report (1948)
C. P. Snow, The Two Cultures (1959)
Thomas S. Kuhn, Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)

What others should be on my list?

Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's
College London; Professor (fractional), University of Western Sydney;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor,
Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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