2008 Honored Faculty & Honored Books

Pankaj Choudhary
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Elements of Large-Sample Theory
by E.L. Lehmann
"This book is special to me as it taught me the basics of the large sample theory. I have used the tools that I learnt in this book in almost all of my publications so far. Written by E. Lehmann, one of the most important statisticians ever, it is a very readable book and is full of examples. I would probably be a different statistician today if I had not read this book."

Stanimir Markov
School of Management

Positive Accounting Theory
by Ross Watts and Jerry Zimmerman
"The great statistician, Karl Pearson said that 'The unity of all science consists alone in its method, not in its material. The man who classifies facts of any kind whatever, who sees their mutual relation and describes their sequences, is applying the scientific method and is a man of science. The facts may belong to the past history of mankind, to the social statistics of our great cities, to the atmosphere of the most distant stars, to the digestive organs of a worm, or the life of a scarcely visible bacillus. It is not the facts themselves which form science, but the methods by which they are dealt with.' This book is the first to use the scientific method to make sense of accounting facts; facts about how much and what type of information firms provide, facts about how accounting rules are determined and enforced, facts about how accounting information influences the decision making of various parties, and subsequently, resource allocation in our economy."

Hlaing Minn
Erik Johnson School of Engineering and Computer Science

What Buddhists Believe
By Elizabeth Harris
“This book gives a high-level, well-versed exposure to the beliefs and culture of Buddhists. Simple, informative, enjoyable, and interesting!  It keeps my mind more open -- a possible influence on my research.”

Mary Urquhart
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong
by Marc D. Hauser
"The idea that the human moral sense is analogous to the innate and universal human ability to acquire language is compelling. Marc Hauser presents his arguments with an interweaving of science, philosophy, and thought experiments representing sometimes painful moral dilemmas. Although the subject matter of Moral Minds is far removed from my own fields of academic interest, I found the text to be personally enlightening. The journey on which the author takes his readers is as much one of personal discovery as an academic one. Though the copious supporting examples from research studies and digressions into philosophy may at times seem like an academic lecture, Professor Hauser's passion for his field is clear and contagious."

Weili Wu
Erik Johnson School of Engineering and Computer Science

One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
by Geraldine McCaughrean
“It is one of the favorite tales of marvelous adventure, romantic love, thrilling suspense, during my childhood. I read Chinese version when I was a little girl. I would like to review all those extraordinary, unusual, and supermature tales in English literature with my children - Williams, Linda, and  George, for their love, friendship and willingness to eat out.”