Two days ago I was focused on academic reading.
Then this post from Brain Pickings describing the best science reads of 2012 got me thinking bigger. How I would love to buy all those books and sit on an island for a year to read in peace.
Life being as it is however, I thought instead I’d collate my own top ten science and nature reads (across my life). I’ve left out blogs and other electronic publications; these are all printed old-style books.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Love and the Platypus
- A Short History of Nearly Everything
- The Best American Science and Nature Writing series
(started collecting these in 2000)
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- The Dark Lady of DNA
- Art Forms in Nature, The Prints of Ernst Haeckel
- On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
- Alexander’s Outing
- The Adventure series
- Myeloid Antigen Cell Populations in the Murine Uterus
Yes, ok, that last one was written by me. I couldn’t resist the chance to drum up a bit of rare exposure for my dust-collecting thesis.
What are your favourite science reads?
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