I’ve really been enjoying reading a lot of science books lately. I think since I’m not working, my brain is fresh, and at the end of the day, I enjoy diving into something moderately technical. While I did some science reading while working, in general I was pretty sapped at the end of the day, and wanted to read something completely different.
If you’re looking for some great science books, my recent favorites are:
- *Spillover / Quammen
- The Body / Bryson
- She Has Her Mother’s Laugh / Zimmer
- *Heart: A History / Jauhar
- *The Emperor of All Maladies / Mukhergee
- *The Ghost Map / Johnson
- The Hot Zone / Preston
- *The Gene / Mukhergee
- Sapiens / Harari
- I Contain Multitudes / Yong
(Some of these are obviously more technical/science-y than others. Books marked with * are my favorites.)
Anyone else have a science book to recommend?
The New York Times notable books just came out, and I have to say, I’m pretty disappointed with the selection of science books. Here is the list:
- BECOMING WILD: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace
- THE BOOK OF EELS: Our Enduring Fascination With the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
- THE END OF EVERYTHING (Astrophysically Speaking) By Katie Mack
- HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD: Inside the Mind of an American Family By Robert Kolker (on schizophrenia)
- OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl By Jonathan C. Slaght
- THE SIRENS OF MARS: Searching for Life on Another World By Sarah Stewart Johnson
- UNTIL THE END OF TIME: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe By Brian Greene
So, out of 100 notable books, seven are on science – one on animals, one on eels, one on owls, two on how the world will end, one on the search for ET life, and one on schizophrenia. While a couple look interesting, where are the books on viruses and bacteria and biology? Am I the only one for whom COVID has made these topics particularly interesting this year? Maybe other people just want to escape them. I guess I feel if I could understand how diseases work a little better, perhaps it would give me a modicum of control. That’s a fantasy, no doubt.