Siddhartha Mukherjee is the author of The Gene: An Intimate History, a #1 New York Times bestseller; The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction; and The Laws of Medicine. He is the editor of Best Science Writing 2013. Mukherjee is an associate professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician and researcher. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in many journals, including Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, Cell, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters. Visit his website at: SiddharthaMukherjee.com.
The Song of the Cell By Siddhartha Mukherjee
In The Song of the Cell, Mukherjee tells the story of how scientists discovered cells, began to understand them, and are now using that knowledge to create new humans. He seduces you with writing so vivid, lucid, and suspenseful that complex science becomes thrilling. Told in six parts, laced with Mukherjee’s own experience as a researcher, a doctor, and a prolific reader, The Song of the Cell is both panoramic and intimate—a masterpiece.
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Check out some of Siddhartha Mukherjee's favorite books and read why he loved them so much!
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
By Richard Rhodes
A classic work of non-fiction, Rhodes’ book is monumental and deeply researched. He has the unique capacity to bring the reader deep into the physical realm of the Los Alamos lab, or, equally, into the abstract mental realm of the minds of physicists who dream of splitting the atom. And then, he writes of the political, social and human consequences of the bombing with majesty and compassion.
Changing My Mind
By Zadie Smith
I have a secret love of essays, and Smith’s essays (far from “occasional”) are among my favorite. She ranges widely – art, music, poetry – combining her piercing insights with humor, elegance and incisiveness. I couldn’t stop reading this book.
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The Emperor of All Maladies
By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, this New York Times bestseller is a magnificent, 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.
By Siddhartha Mukherjee
In this biography Mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. In riveting and dramatic prose, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.