For the first time in years, I’m making an effort to read some books for fun this summer. I even made a list! There’s a theme, though – I might throw in a mystery novel for good measure.
- The Gene: an Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee. This book, by the author of The Emperor of all Maladies (which I wrote a bit about in an earlier post), is a detailed history of genes – from initial theories to current events.
- Inventing the Mathematician: Gender, Race, and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics by Sara N. Hottinger. The author is a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. I first of her book after reading her piece on the Inside Higher Ed blog, where she described why she decided to pursue a degree in feminist studies despite her passion and aptitude for mathematics.
The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World by Scott Hartley. The author is a venture capitalist who writes about a new generation of entrepreneurs with a mix of STEM and liberal arts training.