Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

James Stevens Curl, a member of the Royal Irish Academy, is reading Stephanie Dalley's The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced (Oxford University Press, 2013). "This meticulously researched book reveals the truth about a Wonder of the Ancient World, an astonishing creation involving sophisticated hydraulics to create a garden so marvellous that it challenged God. Archaeological attempts to find a Babylonian site failed, because the Hanging Garden was at Nineveh. Assyrian engineering was highly advanced by the time of Sennacherib, who, as this splendid volume shows, was among the greatest garden-creators of all time."

Stephen Halliday, panel tutor in history, Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, is reading Paul Levy's G.E. Moore and the Cambridge Apostles (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1980). "An account of that group of Cambridge men (no women until 1970) that began with Tennyson, moved on through Keynes, Russell and Wittgenstein and achieved notoriety with the Cambridge spies. Their guru, the philosopher Moore, is the centrepiece of this intriguing account of a society that still debates such questions as 'Are all martyrs voluptuaries?' "

Michael Reiss, pro-director for research and development and professor of science education, Institute of Education, University of London, is reading Jennifer Hartley's Applied Theatre in Action: A Journey (Trentham, 2012). …

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