Non Fiction Books

No. Title Author Description (excerpts from
01. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA (ICH) James D Watson Watson relates his and Crick’s desperate efforts to beat Linus Pauling to the Holy Grail of life sciences, the identification of the basic building block of life. Never has a scientist been so truthful in capturing in words the flavor of his work.
02. The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million–And Bucked the Medical Establishment–In a Quest to Save His Children Geeta Anand This riveting true story of John and Aileen Crowley’s race to find a cure for Pompe disease inspired the movie Extraordinary Measures.
03. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic Randy Shilts An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts’ expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80’s while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat.
04. The Beginner’s Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize: Advice for Young Scientists Peter Doherty A rare, insider’s look at the realities of being a research scientist. Explanations of author’s own scientific work and how research projects are selected, funded, and organized; the major problems science is trying to solve; and the rewards and pitfalls of a career in scientific research.
05. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot An extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.
06. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Siddhartha Mukherjee Profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.


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'A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it.'

Albert Einstein
Nobel Prize Laureate (Physics)