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March 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Science and Health Books
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine. By Damon Tweedy. 2015. Picador, $26 (9781250044631); e-book (9781250044648).
Tweedy, an African American psychiatrist, expertly weaves together statistics, personal anecdotes, and patient stories in this smart, thought-provoking, frontline look at race and medicine.
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe. By Lisa Randall. 2015. Ecco, $29.99 (9780062328472); e-book (9780062328519).
Acclaimed physicist Randall offers a bold theory that it was dark matter that nudged a comet earthward, wiping out the dinosaurs, then backs it up with reasoning that traverses an impressive range of science.
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery. By Henry Marsh. 2015. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne, $25.99 (9781250065810); e-book, $12.99 (9781466872806).
English neurosurgeon Marsh looks back on his three-decade career with remarkable candor, boldly and gracefully addressing brain surgery’s high risks and difficult emotional terrain.
H Is for Hawk. By Helen Macdonald. 2015. Grove, $26 (9780802123411).
In an exquisitely written union of avian science, literary history, personal experience, and profound reflections, historian and professional falconer Macdonald illuminates the long, subtle relationship between humans and raptors.
How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics. By Eugenia Cheng. 2015. Basic, $27.99 (9780465051717).
Cheng brings readers into a gourmet kitchen and converts the making of lasagna, cookies, and other comestibles into analogies illuminating just what it means to do mathematics.
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World. By Andrea Wulf. 2015. Knopf, $30 (9780385350662).
Wulf eloquently portrays Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) as a visionary who made science “accessible and popular,” and offered prescient warnings about how deforestation and industrialization would lead to disastrous climate change.
A Lucky Life Interrupted. By Tom Brokaw. 2015. Random, $27 (9781400069699).
As he forthrightly chronicles his battle with incurable blood cancer, Brokaw looks at the larger picture of aging and rising health-care costs in America, creating a powerful tale of illness, emotional support, and the need to face mortality.
On the Move. By Oliver Sacks. 2015. Knopf, $27.95 (9780385352543).
Long revered as a best-selling, popular medical writer, clinical neurologist Sacks shares myriad adventures, including his profoundly influential scientific quest to understand brain function, in this generous memoir published shortly before his death.
The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love.
By Leslie D. Michelson. 2015. Knopf, $24.95 (9780385352284); e-book (9780385352291).
In this unique and useful book, Michelson provides sensitive and practical advice and invaluable resources with the aim of helping individuals become medically prepared, make sound health-care decisions, and achieve more favorable results.
The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life.
By Nick Lane. 2015. Norton, $27.95 (9781781250365).
Evolutionary biochemist Lane, writing with consummate clarity, tackles the intriguing fact that we don’t know how complex life, including every plant and animal from protists (single-cell creatures) to humans, actually started.
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