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In his introduction to The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003, Richard Dawkins asks, "What is it about science that really gets your blood running?" The authors of the twenty-nine pieces chosen for this volume all offer "eclectic, provocative" answers (Entertainment Weekly).

In "Raising the Dead," Scott Weidensaul airs the faint but spine-tingling hope of one day bringing Thylacinus back from the dead through cloning pickled museum specimens. Ian Frazier's extraordinary science reporting in "Terminal Ice" makes glaciers come alive as beautiful and awe-inspiring natural forces, and as harbingers of a globally warmed future. Oliver Sacks, indelibly profiled in Steve Silberman's "The Fully Immersive Mind of Oliver Sacks," contributes a piece himself, on our perennial fascination with extraterrestrial life. Timothy Ferris writes in praise of amateur astronomers; David Ewing Duncan investigates what we might not want to know about genetics; and Elizabeth Loftus takes a stand on the science of false memory.

As Richard Dawkins writes, "The science and nature writing of 2002 is not the same as it was ten years ago, partly because we now know more about what is eternally true, but also because the world in which we live changes, and so does science's impact upon it. Some of the essays and articles in this book are firmly date-stamped; some are timeless. We need both."

Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundred of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003, edited by Richard Dawkins, is another "eloquent, accessible, and even illuminating" collection (Publishers Weekly). Here are the best and brightest writers on science and nature, writing on such wide-ranging subjects as astronomy's new stars, archaeology, the Bible, "terminal" ice, and memory faults.

Natalie Angier Timothy Ferris Ian Frazier Elizabeth F. Loftus Steven Pinker Oliver Sacks Steven Weinberg Edward O. Wilson

Synopsis:

Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundred of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003, edited by Richard Dawkins, is another "eloquent, accessible, and even illuminating" collection (Publishers Weekly). Here are the best and brightest writers on science and nature, writing on such wide-ranging subjects as astronomy's new stars, archaeology, the Bible, "terminal" ice, and memory faults.

Natalie Angier Timothy Ferris Ian Frazier Elizabeth F. Loftus Steven Pinker Oliver Sacks Steven Weinberg Edward O. Wilson

Synopsis:

Bringing together the best and brightest writers on science and nature, this year"s collection includes essays on such wide-ranging subjects as astronomy"s new stars, archaeology, the Bible, "terminal" ice, and memory faults.

About the Author

Richard Dawkins, born in Nairobi in 1941, is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford. He is one of the most influential scientist of out time. He lives in Oxford, England.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword ix Introduction by Richard Dawkins xiii

Natalie Angier. Weighing the Grandma Factor 1 from The New York Times

Tim Appenzeller. At Home in the Heavens 7 from U.S. News&World Report

Alan Burdick. Four Ears to the Ground 11 from Natural History

Clark R. Chapman and Alan W. Harris. A Skeptical Look at September 11th 15 from Skeptical Inquirer

David Ewing Duncan. DNA as Destiny 25 from Wired

Timothy Ferris. Astronomys New Stars 36 from Smithsonian

Ian Frazier. Terminal Ice 48 from Outside

James Gorman. Finding a Wild, Fearsome World Beneath Every Fallen Leaf 67 from The New York Times

Charles Hirshberg. My Mother, the Scientist 72 from Popular Science

Brendan I . Koerner. Embryo Police 79 from Wired

Elizabeth Kolbert. Ice Memory 91 from The New Yorker

Andrew Lawler. Treasure Under Saddams Feet 105 from Discover

Daniel Lazare. False Testament 112 from Harpers Magazine

Elizabeth F. Loftus. Memory Faults and Fixes 127 from Issues in Science and Technology

Charles C. Mann. Homeland Insecurity 145 from The Atlantic Monthly

Bill McKibben. Its Easy Being Green 170 from Mother Jones

Steve Olson. The Royal We 176 from The Atlantic Monthly

Dennis Overbye. A New View of Our Universe 181 from The New York Times

Steven Pinker. The Blank Slate 188 from Discover

Oliver Sacks. Anybody Out There? 200 from Natural History

Steve Silberman. The Fully Immersive Mind of Oliver Sacks 206 from Wired

Adam Summers. Fat Heads Sink Ships 225 from Natural History

Gary Taubes. What If Its All Been a Big Fat Lie? 228 from The New York Times Magazine

Bruce Watson. Sounding the Alarm 248 from Smithsonian

William Speed Weed. The Very Best Telescope 254 from Discover

Scott Weidensaul. Raising the Dead 262 from Audubon

Steven Weinberg. The Truth About Missile Defense 271 from The New York Review of Books

Ted Williams. Maines War on Coyotes 287 from Audubon

Edward O. Wilson. The Bottleneck 297 from Scienti.c American

Contributors Notes 315 Other Notable Science and Nature Writing of 2002 321

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618178919
Editor:
Dawkins, Richard
Editor:
Folger, Tim
Editor:
Dawkins, Richard
Editor:
Folger, Tim
Editor:
Folger, Tim; Dawkins, Richard
Author:
Folger, Tim
Author:
Dawkins, Richard
Author:
im Folger
Author:
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Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2003
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Best American Science & Nature Writing
Series Volume:
2003
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundred of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003, edited by Richard Dawkins, is another "eloquent, accessible, and even illuminating" collection (Publishers Weekly). Here are the best and brightest writers on science and nature, writing on such wide-ranging subjects as astronomy's new stars, archaeology, the Bible, "terminal" ice, and memory faults.

Natalie Angier Timothy Ferris Ian Frazier Elizabeth F. Loftus Steven Pinker Oliver Sacks Steven Weinberg Edward O. Wilson

"Synopsis" by , Bringing together the best and brightest writers on science and nature, this year"s collection includes essays on such wide-ranging subjects as astronomy"s new stars, archaeology, the Bible, "terminal" ice, and memory faults.
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