My next book for this blog will be The Beginnings of Western Science by David C. Lindberg. I'm only a couple pages in, but I like that he begins by dispensing with the question of what is or isn't science and when precisely it began. I've seen people argue that the first scientist was Ibn Al Haytham a thousand years ago, Galileo 400 years ago, or someone even later, but everyone would agree that even if those guys weren't (by whatever notion) scientists, they were at least part of a tradition of ideas that built toward science as we now know and practice it.
On a different note, last night I saw "Avenue Q" on my campus, a musical that is full of offensive speech and stereotypes. I've spent a lot of time recently complaining about the new wave of political correctness in higher education, so it's only fair that I balance that by pointing out what's going right.