The reading life of scientists explored in new series from the University of Cambridge
Taking its inspiration from the ‘What Scientists Read’ project which queried 30 scientists about their reading lives ‘Novel Thoughts‘ is new film series focusing on eight scientists and the books that helped shape their lives.
For some, a book came along at just the right time. Professor Clare Bryant, of the Department of Zoology, read A S Byatt’s Possession at a crucial point in her early career. Its page-turning portrayal of two historians racing to uncover hidden truths reminded her of the excitement of scientific discovery, and persuaded her not to turn her back on her own research career