Reading good books about science and all its connections is a great way to become a better scientist, doctor, or citizen! The books below were recommended by NCC Biology faculty, staff, and students. You can read some on your own, or maybe you'd like to form a book club or discussion group or discuss one at a βββ meeting… You can also recommend a book that you like!
Environment & Conservation
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Overstory by Richard Preston
Epidemiology & Public Health
  • The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
  • The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
History of Science
  • Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen
  • The Biology of Cancer by Robert Weinberg
  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  • Microbe Hunters by Paul De Kruif
  • Spillover by David Quammen
Molecular Biology
  • The Double Helix by James Watson
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Science (general)
  • In Ascension by Martin MacInnes
Scientific Integrity/Ethics
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Intuition by Allegra Goodman
  • The Language of God by Francis Collins
  • Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus by David Quammen
  • The Great Influenza by John M. Barry