my reading lists got lost in the post somewhere on its way to singapore so i never read anything last year, but you may want to get these books:
Simon Blackburn's 'Think'
Hal Varian, Intermediate Microeconomics 6th ed.
JS Mill, On Liberty (not as important as) Utilitarianism
also Marx - selected works, ed. by David Mclellan, 2nd ed. i never managed to get a non-short loan copy of this.
Rousseau's Social Contract, I think something to do with Maurice Cranston. Or is that for Mill...
Hodges' Logic, very important text, a small green paperback. dont forget to pick up 'Logic Exercises' (green) and 'Doing Logic' (pink) from the philosophy faculty, five quid for both, and ten for Hodges.
A good maths for econs textbook. I have Alpha Chiang's and it's almost all you need, although it doesn't ahve anything on probability / statistics.
There aren't any institutional politics texts here, mostly because there are too many of them, and there are only bits in each that are useful anyway. You should find them easily in most libraries anyway.
wow..thats amazing. i mean THREE pages. but then, i guess it differs between colleges?
It's certainly likely to differe between Merton and non-Merton colleges!
I know SFA about the management or stats aspect of the E&M course, but for the maths and economics aspects of it I don't think any background reading is necessary. It's about knowing and applying an array of techniques and models which are actually pretty limited, but in an agile and sophisticated way.
What about the infamous 'game theory'? Maybe someone could recommend an introductory book about it? (I don't do economics, just maths).
I haven't got a reading list for PPE in the post and am assuming I won't get one - they've sent me just about everything else imaginable already. I guess I can count myself lucky then and just hope we don't get thrown in at the deep end.
Don't bother reading anything in preparation, outside of books that you would read normally. But, if you are desperate to read something for it, choose a book that looks appealing to you. There is no set way of getting into Oxford. I got in, I was drunk and hungover at interviews, didnt mention a single book in all three of my interviews (but i hadnt read anything specifically, although I had read pretty much every book that has been mentioned, as a general interest thing during GCSEs)
I read "Free Lunch" (David Smith) and "The Armchair Economist" (Steven Landsburg) as I considered a degree in Econ. Also, mentioned it on my PS but weren't questioned about either in my interviews (of which I had three).
I found the latter book both enjoyable and useful. Also, started to read Begg's "Economics" (which is on my reading list)... I've never formally studied the subject so it's good for that level but wouldn't recommend it if you're thinking about applying and need something to read.
Okay I'm getting a little bored and can feel my brain turning to putty - would the first few chapters of Varian be the best thing to dip into? For PPE don't you only do 2 disciplines per term or something? If so, I might end up not doing Economics until next term?
Is the level of difficulty of the microecoomics in Varian way beyond that covered ib higher level/A-level economics?
It's completely different. A level economics doesn't deal with algebra or the maths side. A level micro is almost entirely logic and mathematics, with little discussion. Because of your assumptions (perfect competition/monopoly/well-behaved preferences/etc.) you know the effect of something, and while a knowledge of what happens in reality is very useful, it's not the discussion based subject it is at a level.
Varian assumes little prior knowledge, so it'll make sense without A level economics, however it is very different to a level economics, and you'll learn things in a different way. The first couple of chapters should be easy, but once it gets onto choice, utility and revealed preference, it becomes a lot more complex.
Hey just wondering who are you guys recieving those books from? So far i've only managed a few chapters of "Small is still beautiful" before returning it to the Library with a £2 fine..... Found the views in there good but extremist.....
Where can one find such wonderful, magical reading list? (but 2/3 pages? It'll take me a few weeks just reading the reading list!)
And is there any point in doing any Management reading?
IS there anyone here looking to sell a Varian secondhand- I cannot seem to find it at the second hand bookshops around but then I haven't been looking very earnestly...please PM me, if you have an offer. Thank you.
I wouldn't stress about this too much guys (for E+M). Yes the reading list is long, but in the first few weeks everyone is in the same boat and the adrenalin/desire to me conscientious is high and gets you through it. I didn't really do any prep at all and managed fine - if I were you i'd just enjoy your summer!