We cannot understand our complex world without grasping the basic elements of evolutionary theory. All of Gould’s books on evolution and natural history are superb, but Panda’s Thumb is my favourite and is a good place to start.
I never thought I’d become a doctor / writer. I read Lewis Thomas’s ‘Lives of a Cell’ as an undergraduate and was completely captivated by Thomas’s way of thinking in completely literary terms about science.
Meghan Daum’s new book, “The Unspeakable,” is thrillingly good. In essays that range in subject matter from her complicated relationship with her dying mother to playing charades with the Hollywood elite at Nora Ephron’s house to her near death from a bacterial infection, Daum’s powers as one of the most emotionally exacting, mercilessly candid, deeply funny and intellectually rigorous writers of our time are on glorious display.