Gerald Holton is Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics and Research Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus, at Harvard University. His chief interests are in the history and philosophy of science, in the physics of matter at high pressure, and in the study of career paths of young scientists.

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

by Homer

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On the Nature of Things

On the Nature of Things

by Lucretius

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Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences

Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences

by Galileo Galilei

“A masterwork of science, superb style, and just fun.”

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Faust: Part 1

Faust: Part 1

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Commanded the imagination of millions, and still does.”

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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Perhaps the greatest and most searing novel.”

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Relativity: The Special and General Theory

Relativity:The Special and General Theory

by Albert Einstein

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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

“My first play heard in English; great even after teenage years.”

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The Magic Mountain

The Magic Mountain

by Thomas Mann

“Overwhelming and truly hilarious. Read it twice.”

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The Radetzky March

The Radetzky March

by Joseph Roth

“Rivetting, and explains the whole corrupt history of Hapsburg reign.”

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The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 1: The Golden Days

The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 1: The Golden Days

by Cao Xueqin

“Classic of 18th century China. Unveils a complete, different civilization.”

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