Summer Science Reading Book List Ecology/Botany/Evolution


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Summer Science Reading Book List


  • Wicked Plants: The weed that killed Lincoln’s mother and other botanical atrocities by A Stewart

  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

  • A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered that Flowers have sex, leaves eat air and other secrets of plants by R Kassinger

  • Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

  • A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

  • Fire Under the Sea by Joseph Cone

  • The Firecracker Boys by Dan O’Neill

  • Fateful Harvest by Duff Wilson

  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl by Timothy Egan

  • The Origin by Irving Stone

  • The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston

  • Before the Dawn by N. Wade

Human A&P

  • Gulp by Mary Roach and any of her other books (Bonk, Packing for Mars, Stiff, or Spook)

  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Ann Fadiman

  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

  • How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin Nuland

  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

  • Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande

  • Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande

  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukerjee

  • The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human by VS Ramachandran

  • The Deadly Dinner Party & Other Medical Detective Stories by J Edlow

  • Post Mortem: Solving History’s Great Medical Mysteries by PA Mackowiak

  • Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

  • Survival of the Sickest by S Moalem

Viruses, Genetics, Prions, etc

  • Epigenetics: How Environment Shapes our Genes by R Francis

  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston

  • The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

  • Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus by Wasik & Murphy

  • The Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of Battling Viruses around the World by CJ Peters

  • The Family that Couldn’t Sleep by DT Max

  • The Ghost Map: The story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson

  • Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox

  • Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley

  • The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley

  • Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes by Svante Paabo

  • The Selfish Gene by R Dawkins

  • The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett


  • “Surely you are Joking Mr. Feynman!” by R Feynman

  • What do you care what other people think by R Feynman

  • Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and murder in the Scientific Revolution

  • A Man of Misconceptions by John Glassie

  • Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel

  • The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis by T Goetz

  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements By S Kean

  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation discovered the beauty and terror of Science by R Holmes

  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom by G Farmelo

Other Authors: Oliver Sacks, Temple Grandin, Stephen J Gould


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