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Times Higher Education textbook guide


23 May 2013


Business and management

A booming field of study boasts a wealth of textbooks that get bigger and glossier as they vie for attention with online resources. Huw Morris performs a cost-benefit analysis on this year’s list

Computer science

Catering for varied tastes is a balance between giving people what they want and introducing them to new flavours. Harold Thimbleby enjoys the staples but craves something different

Economics

To build strong, successful economies, students need to know about alternative approaches to current models, says Victoria Bateman. Several titles could help to bring on the revolution

Mathematics

There is an art to writing a maths textbook that is also a good read. Noel-Ann Bradshaw picks out titles that aim to offer undergraduates engaging text as well as numbers and theorems

Philosophy

Striking a good balance between scholarly and accessible writing is tricky, believes Jane O’Grady. She applauds the texts that pitch it perfectly, giving students space to think for themselves

Physics

From renewable energy to dark matter and quarks, Laura Kormos embarks on a search both for comprehensive introductions and specialised volumes that will satisfy all teaching levels

Sociology

Heavyweight titles return to guaranteed acclaim while novices try out their material on demanding audiences. Les Gofton reviews the promising line-up for this year’s study-fest

Theology and religious studies

A fluid and increasingly high-profile discipline requires excellent foundational texts to inform deeper analysis and study. Ursula King is spoiled for choice by the latest offerings