Favorite Books

1. The Billion Dollar Molecule, Barry Werth

From test tubes to the Wall Street IPO and beyond, this is the riveting true story of a start-up pharmaceutical company working to create an anti-AIDS drug. Scientifically accurate, yet written with an attention to plot, timing, dialogue, and development of character more characteristic of the best thrillers.

— Review

2. Genentech: The Beginnings of Biotech, Sally Smith Hughes

Hughes skillfully describes the improbable creation, difficult adolescence, immense prosperity, and eventual foundering of Genentech.

— Daniel S. Greenberg, author of Science for Sale and Tech Transfer

3. The Beginning of Infinity, David Deutsch

A deep theory of why humanity is destined to make progress may be found in David Deutsch’s dazzling The Beginning of Infinity.  Deutsch presents science as a force for betterment, since it impels us to explain the world while forcing us to acknowledge our fallibility.

— Steven Pinker, The Guardian

4. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood