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Summer Reading for Scientists

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.



Intuition by Allegra Goodmanintuition book cover

A struggling cancer lab becomes the stage for the slippery definitions of freedom and responsibility in grant-driven  science.


Ship Fever by Andrea Barrettship fever book cover

Interweaving historical and fictional characters, these short fictions about the love of science and the science of negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure and achievement.


Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. FeynmanSurely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman book cover

The Nobel Prize­-winning physicist recounts his adventures trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr, painting a naked female toreador, accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums, and much more!


Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary RoachPacking for Mars book cover

Space is devoid of air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer… How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take?


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks book cover

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Her cells–taken without her knowledge–became some of the most important tools in modern medicine.


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