The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007

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Paperback, Pages: 336

Genres: Science, Nonfiction, Writing, Essays

Language: English

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Science is about not knowing and wanting badly to know. Science is about flawed and complicated human beings trying to use whatever tools theyve got, along with their minds, to see something strange and new. In that sense, writing about science is just another way of writing about the human condition. -- from the introduction by Richard Preston

The twenty-eight pieces in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 span a wide range of topics, from the farthest reaches of space to the everyday world around us to the secrets hiddin in our own bodies. Michael Lemonick travels to an extinct volcano in Hawaii, where telescopes at the summit are providing researchers with a glimpse of the most distant galaxy ever seen -- and profound new insights into the creation of the universe. Neil deGrasse Tyson takes a sharp, witty look at Americans delirium over space travel. And with surgical precision Michael Perry describes how a medical autopsy is performed. Dead men can tell tales.

Here we also see examinations of the sometimes harmful impact of science on the natural world. Susan Casey gives an alarming portrait of plastic waste pollution in the worlds oceans, including a dead zone in the mid-Pacific thats twice the size of Texas. Michael Shnayerson heads to West Virginia, where the Appalachians are being blasted at the rate of several ridgetops a week, all in the pursuit of ever-elusive coal. And Paul Bennett goes deep beneath Romes streets, where cutting-edge excavation techniques are revealing newfound treasures in one of the worlds oldest cities.

A profile of a late, distinguished British ornithologist by John Seabrook reveals that the mans personal collection of bird skins, now in the British Natural History Museum, was largely stolen or bought and intentionally mislabeled. Richard Conniff visits a former Brooklyn social worker turned primatologist who has become a fierce advocate of the lemur. And Patricia Gadsby takes us into the kitchens of Europes finest chefs to explain how the new field of molecular gastronomy is revolutionizing fine cuisine.

Reader Reviews
  •    Vimi Lonza
    2020
    Enjoy stores about: diving beneath Rome, an ocean of plastic, lemur obsessions, rabbits on Mars, fishing for fishers, dinosaur blood cells, the science behind the hardboiled egg, life behind the OED, the (possible) death of science, nuclear bombs 101, the queer king of the jungle, the exploration of violence in nature, germs in your belly, anthropological DNA, what your corpse says about you, Nazi lies and anthropology, Video Game Theatre, "be very quiet - I'm hunting the flu virus," monkeys love perfume... and so much more!
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  •    Mudal Duneling
    2020
    ead these because i'm teaching "writing for the sciences" this semester and need stuff to pad out my syllabus. both volumes (science writing, and science and nature writing) are excellent compilations of average-joe articles, many of which take the term "science writing" very loosely. fascinating, even touching, at times. loved them both.
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