Primo Levi The Periodic Table
Konrad Lorenz King Solomon’s Ring
Tom Stoppard Arcadia
Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene
James Watson The Double Helix
Bertolt Brecht The Life of Galileo
Peter Medawar Pluto’s Republic
Charles Darwin Voyage of the Beagle
Stephen Pinker The Blank Slate
Oliver Sacks A Leg to Stand On
All in all, not a bad list. I’d add some William James and Lewis Thomas, and replace A Leg to Stand On with An Anthropologist from Mars, and replace Brecht with Copenhagen, and substitute The Moral Animal for The Blank Slate. I’d also be tempted to add Damasio’s Descartes’ Error, if only because it’s been so influential. Last but not least, I’d want to include some Jonathan Weiner, either Time, Love, Memory or The Beak of the Finch.
What do you think?