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Interview of the Day: Massimo Pigliucci

by Bill Hayes

In the Scientists’ Nightstand, City University of New York philosophy professor Massimo Pigliucci talks about what he is reading and his favorite books.

What are the three best books you’ve ever read? Explain.

Oh, c’mon, that’s next to impossible. All right, here we go: Why I Am Not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell (1927), because it really makes you think about so many common assumptions about religion; The Demon-Haunted World, by Carl Sagan (Random House, 1995), a stupendous example of how science should be explained to the general public; and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (Harmony, 1979), because the answer is 42. [more]