Posted by: turtlebella | 18 April 2006

Science writers meme

ScienceWoman has put together a science writers meme. She admits it’s highly biased, according to her bookshelf, interests, etc. she encourages you to add your own favorites, which I have done. Of course, my favorites are highly biased too! I tend not to read science writing that’s very far outside of my field. So sad! But a few things I do have on my “to read” list that are outside my professional interests. I’m kind of embarrased by the number of books I’ve never even heard of. Sigh. Only so much reading time!


Instructions: Bold the books you've read, and italicize the books you've been intending to read (when you just have a bit more time). Cross out the books you've no interest in reading and put ? marks around the ones of which you've never heard. (I’m adding to this), Put a star next to a book if you’ve read another book by the same author.

?Mark Bowen – Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains?
Rachel Carson – Silent Spring
?Marla Cone – Silent Snow: The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic?
Charles Darwin – Voyage of the Beagle*
?Devra Lee Davis – When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution?
Richard Dawkins – The Selfish Gene
Jared Diamond – Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Society
Paul Ehrlich – The Population Bomb
?Kerry Emanuel – Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes?
Richard Feynman – The Feynman Lectures on Physics
Stephen Jay Gould – Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History* (this is one of the best books I’ve ever read!)
John Gribbin: In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality
Stephen Hawking – A Brief History of Time
?Elizabeth Kolbert – Field Notes from a Catastrophe?
?Kevin Krajick – Barren Lands?
?Luna Leopold – A View of the River? (Is this person related to Aldo? update: yes, this is Aldo Leopold's son; Luna Leopold died February 23, 2006)
?Jon Luoma – Hidden Forest: Biography of an Ecosystem?
?John McPhee – Control of Nature?
Madeline Nash – feature articles in Time magazine (I don’t read anything in Time)
?Gregory Paul – Dinosaurs of the Air?
?E.C. Pielou – After the Ice Age?
Stephen Pinker – The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
Michael Pollan – The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World
David Quammen – Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction
Marc Reisner – Cadillac Desert
Matt Ridley – The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature*
?William Ruddiman – Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate?
Carl Sagan – Cosmos
?Dava Sobel – Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time?
Peter Ward – Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe
Samantha Weinberg – A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelocanth
E.O. Wilson – On Human Nature
?Simon Winchester – Krakatoa?
?James Woodford – The Wollemi Pine?
?Gary Zukav – The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics?
Olivia Judson – Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation (really wonderful and also funny)
Jonathan Weiner – The Beak of the Finch (a must read in my opinion)
Peter Matthiessen – Tigers in the Snow* (I adore Matthiessen, this is one of many I’ve read)
James Gleick – Chaos Theory (I read this in high school. I don’t think I understood very much of it. I’m not sure I would understand more of it now!)
Richard Lewontin – Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA (I really like Lewontin, good scientist and he can communicate to non-scientists. I don’t care if people dismiss him as a socialist, actually that just makes him a better person!)
Sylvia Earle – Sea Change
Brian Sykes – The Seven Daughters of Eve




  1. Ooooh thanks for taking up the meme. (I suppose its not really a meme until someone else does it). Let me recommend that you move up in your list of books to read the Song of the Dodo which is one of my all time favorites. And thanks for adding some of your favoirtes. I only know Slyvia Earle although Tigers in the Snow sounds somehow familiar.

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