What We're Reading

Science book reviews and more

Featuring 12 articles by 8 scientists

Start your weekend with science

Each Friday afternoon weโ€™ll send you a bundle of the lovely stories our scientists told over the week, links to other stories we loved, and other goodies worth your time.

The weird and wonderful world of fish

A new book tells tales of the life aquatic

Brittney Borowiec

Environmental Physiology

McMaster University

Carl Zimmer explores the mysteries and contradictions of genetics

In 'She Has Her Mother's Laugh,' Zimmer reveals the lawlessness of our genes

Dan Samorodnitsky


Carnegie Mellon University

The slap-dash nature of evolution makes entertaining reading

Nathan Lents' new book details the accidental, incidental nature of human quirks

Darcy Shapiro

Evolutionary Anthropology

Rutgers University

'Visualizing Disease' is an illuminating history of how we started to see medicine

Though beautifully printed, the book will most appeal to modern practitioners

Elle O'Brien

Computational Neuroscience

A neuroscientist reviews Michael Pollan's 'How to Change Your Mind'

The book shines new light on the revitalized field of psychedelic medicine

Benjamin Bell


Johns Hopkins University

Mark Lynas on the complexity of disagreeing on GMOs

'I try to take people at face value in terms of what their objections are, and to not ascribe them with ill-intent'

Devang Mehta


University of Alberta

The art of publicly changing your mind on GMOs

'Seeds of Science' makes a persuasive case for GM technology by a man who used to oppose it

Devang Mehta


University of Alberta

'Being Ecological' is a book with admirable aims and a tangled execution

Prioritizing data over action can be counterproductive โ€“ but so is a muddled message

Cassie Freund


Wake Forest University

The Lyme wars are upon us. We should probably read up on them

By 2050, 12 percent of the US population will likely be infected by Lyme-causing pathogen

Gabriela Serrato Marks

Marine Geology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charles Darwin, made flesh and tedious

A new book humanizes the legend, but few will want to read it

Dan Samorodnitsky


Carnegie Mellon University

Henry Greely, bioethicist and attorney, on why genetic tech isn't so scary

'I probably wouldnโ€™t regulate anything except possibly parents'

Dan Samorodnitsky


Carnegie Mellon University

Will genetic choice make sex obsolete?

Anyone hoping to shop for blemish-free, farm-to-crib babies with no diseases and a poetโ€™s soul will be disappointed

Dan Samorodnitsky


Carnegie Mellon University