Top 10 Summer Science Reads

Top 10 Summer Science Reads Heading off on vacation? Pack your beach bag with some of these great summer reads.

Pandora's Lab

In the world of biomedical research, we celebrate discoveries that improve our life expectancy and quality of life. Pandora's Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong, by Paul A. Offit MD, provides a look at the other side of discovery, at the "uh-ohs" and "oops" and unintended consequences of scientific research.

From the development of heroin, "God's Own Medicine," to the lobotomy as a cure for a variety of mental ailments, this book provides an in depth look at a variety of discoveries gone awry.

The Hidden Half of Nature

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, by David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle, starts as a journey to revitalize a garden with proper nutrition and becomes a discovery of feeding our microbiota to improve health after Bikle is diagnosed with cancer.

Below is a list of eight more cutting-edge scientific books to keep your mind active this summer:

The Drug Hunters

The Drug Hunters: The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines, by Donald R. Kirsc

I Contain Multitudes

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, by Ed Yong

Get Well Soon

Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them, by Jennifer Wright

Rigor Mortis

Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions, by Richard Harris

The Demon Under the Microscope

The Demon Under the Microscope, by Thomas Hager

Deadliest Enemy

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, by Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker


Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen

Deadly Companions

Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped Our History, by Dorothy H. Crawford
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