Life science is a vast field of study that attempts to address some of humanity’s most fundamental concerns. It looks at anything from a blue whale breaching the ocean’s surface for oxygen to a sugar ant moving across a kitchen counter to the microorganisms that control your digestive system. It examines how we live, where we live, and how we might improve our lives.
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Have a look at these most interesting life science textbooks
Elegance in Science: The Beauty of Simplicity by Ian Glynn
Science may be cloaked in mystery and/or nerdy quirks (thank you, Big Bang Theory, for being both a blessing and a curse), but it is rarely linked with beauty. Isn’t that something Audrey Hepburn and her ilk are supposed to do? No, Glynn skillfully dissects especially exquisite instances of scientific ideas, theory, and experimental design in this book.
This book changed my view on scientific study, and I believe it may be eye-opening for non-scientists as well.
How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Life of Cells by Lewis Wolpert
Wolpert is an internationally recognised cell scientist. He takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the cell in this brief narrative, showing with clearly how humans evolve from a single cell at fertilisation to incredibly complex creatures. Consider shrinking to the size of a nanoparticle and tunnelling through the blood arteries to the capillaries, then popping through the membrane of a single body cell to see the wonderfully organised machinery inside.
Wolpert does an excellent job of condensing a lot of material into a single, easy-to-read book. It comes highly recommended!
The Logic of Life: Challenge of Integrative Physiology by C Boyd and Denis Noble
Anyone who works in biomedical science is frequently told how important it is to take an integrated approach. This book brings together a diverse group of writers, each of whom offers a unique viewpoint on the study of physiology, ranging from molecular to integrative perspectives. What’s particularly impressive about this book is how it deftly weaves together diverse areas of biological research, quietly demonstrating how the overlap across disciplines affects research approach.
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Neuroscience by Norman Doidge
This is a well-written, if anecdotal, look into neuroscience and brain plasticity. A stroke survivor recovers the capacity to walk despite damage to (supposedly) 97 percent of the nerves linking their cerebral cortex to the spine in one case study. Doidge is a genuine believer, and his optimism that humans will soon be able to heal catastrophic brain damage makes for a compelling read.
Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of Our Inventions by Robert Winston
This book examines human creativity and the desire to innovate, as well as whether these traits have benefited or harmed us. Winston masterfully demonstrates how our claimed genius has resulted in clumsy consequences in the areas of agriculture, armament, and medical treatment. Winston is an engrossing writer with a dry sense of humour who tackles even the most difficult topics with a light touch.
New Science has the potential to make medicine far more accurate and successful, but will its high cost keep it out of reach for the majority of people? We think we can apply what we’ve learned over the last year to solve system and patient cost concerns while continuing to drive the research, development, and delivery of innovative medicines for all diseases. Changes may – and must – be done in the foreseeable future.