Many philosophical theories try to evade the uncomfortable truth that luck and fate play a role in the conduct of our moral lives, argues philosopher Paul Russell. He chooses the best books on free will and responsibility.
Most people completing degrees in economics won't have read these books, but they should, says the British economist.
Blaming "the quants" for the recent financial crisis is simplistic and short-sighted, says the author of The Physics of Wall Street. He picks five books showing the contribution physics has made to understanding financial markets.
The Harvard professor and author of No Joke: Making Jewish Humour identifies Tevye the Dairyman as the first standup comic and Sigmund Freud as Jewish humour's greatest analyst. She picks the best books on Jewish humour.
Pragmatism is a philosophical movement that has dominated philosophy in America from the early 1900s to the present day, argues the philosopher and political theorist. He chooses the best books on pragmatism.
The Soviet writer bore witness to the horrors of Russia's World War Two and the Shoah — and deserves a place in literary history, says scholar Maxim D Shrayer. He recommends the best books by and about Vasily Grossman.
If you were the last person alive and had to leave a testament to how our world worked, which five books would you choose? One political economist makes his 'desert island' choices.
The writer and historian selects five Western perspectives of the East, including a novel of colonial India, a travelogue of disappearing Japan, and the collection of essays that lifted the veil on Mao's China.
The author of one of the best children's books on Greek myths chooses her own favourites. There's one for children, one for teenagers, one for scholars, one to read out loud and one that's very definitely adult in content...
The warnings about the future of society of novels like 1984 may seem less important since the fall of the Soviet Union, but they are all too relevant to China today, argues the Chinese writer.