Winter is an ideal time to step away from the hustle and bustle and look for a good book to pass the long, cold nights.
Penn Today reached out to eight Penn faculty to ask for some of their favorite general interest books about science. Their recommendations include books about everything from genetics to linguistics.
Several of the professors interviewed also recommended “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity” by Carl Zimmer, which has been included on several Best Books of 2018 lists. This includes the New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year and the Smithsonian Magazine’s and NPR Science Friday’s Best Science Books of 2018 lists. It was shortlisted for the Baillie-Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.