Chip Walter recommends 6 great science books


Chip Walter, a former CNN bureau chief, is a veteran science journalist and TV documentary producer. Immortality, Inc., his fifth book, visits with the scientists and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who are working to dramatically increase human longevity.

The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan (1977).

Sagan won a Pulitzer Prize for this book about the evolution of human intelligence. He is the master of the “aha” moment, and his profound and refreshing explorations of the brain, sleep, genetics, and concepts like his “Cosmic Calendar” plowed the road for a generation of science writers. A must-read.

The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins (1986).

This book reveals the power behind the DNA that long ago came into existence and makes all life, including us, possible. Dawkins encapsulates the complex forces that have shaped our evolution with such lucidity of mind and phrase that you never feel overwhelmed.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks (1985).

Reading a book by Sacks is like reading a fine murder mystery, except his uncommonly engaging stories unmask the riddles of the human mind. He recounts the journeys of his patients with such warmth and insight that you fall in love with every one of them.

The Medusa and the Snail by Lewis Thomas (1979).

This essay collection won Thomas his second National Book Award and deservedly so. No one can tell you more about human behavior by way of cells and ants, mitochondria and symbiosis. The wit and beauty of his passages somehow manage to be simultaneously light, profound, engaging, and startling.

The Unexpected Universe by Loren Eiseley (1969).

Ray Bradbury described Eiseley as “every writer’s writer and every human’s human.” This slim …read more

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