ALLEN G. HUNT. 2005. Springer, New York. Hardcover, 202 pp. $59.95. ISBN: 3-540-26110-9.

In an essay titled “The Hedgehog and the Fox,” the philosopher Isaiah Berlin classified writers as hedgehogs or foxes. His inspiration was a line of Greek poetry: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” According to Berlin, hedgehogs “relate everything to […] a single, universal, organizing principle,” whereas foxes lack a central vision and “entertain ideas that are centrifugal rather than centripetal.”

If I may apply the fox–hedgehog dichotomy to individual books, then Allen Hunt's Percolation Theory for Flow in Porous Media...

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