Carl Zimmer is an award-winning New York Times columnist and the author of 13 books about science. His newest book is She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.

She Has Her Mother's Laugh

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh
An exploration of the most intimate mystery of all: how our ancestors help make us who we are. She Has Her Mother’s Laugh traces the history of heredity, both as a scientific question and a cultural touchstone. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a magnificent work.” 

 

A Planet of Viruses
In this slender volume, Zimmer introduces readers to the hidden world of the most abundant forms of life on Earth. A Planet of Viruses reveals how viruses hold sway over the biosphere, how they produce new diseases, and how we can harness viruses for our own ends.

 

Evolution: Making Sense of Life
A history and introduction to the most important idea in all of biology. Evolution recounts Darwin’s discovery of his theory of evolution and surveys how it illuminates all of life—from sex to death, from brains to bacteria.