Join me and the Biological Sciences Group at Plymouth University and read some fantastic science books. Here, we share recommendations and comment on books we've read. If you're looking for something stimulating to read, this is a good place to start... and please add your comments to help others decide what to read.
This is a book about Siamese twins, people with extra
digits, cyclops, dwarves, hermaphrodites, giants, and a pig with two faces. It
was accompanied by a Channel 4 documentary when first published. Already you
might have formed some impression of this book, but you might be surprised to
learn it is a sensitive book that doesn’t treat its subject matter like carnival
freaks—though many of the characters in the book were in carnivals. Instead, the
book deals with dignity with its themes to show how important mutations are for
all of us. In Leroi’s words, “We are all mutants. But some of us are more
mutant than others.” In fact, you probably have about 100 mutations that were
not given to you by your parents. But which ones did you get?