Friday, December 28, 2007

Refreshing honesty

Having gone to the shelf for a completely different book (I'm compiling a list of all the classics of neurology held in the History of Medicine Collection, a more arduous task than I first imagined it would be), I couldn't help but pull out Floating matter of the air by Tyndall. Talk about a catchy spine title. And miraculously, the book opened to page xv of the Introductory Note, where my eyes first alighted upon the following sentence:
The Essay most likely to try the reader's patience is No. III.
If only all books came with such self-critical reviews...

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