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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003 (Best American Science & Nature Writing)

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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.

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:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-324).

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:
9780618178926
Editor:
Dawkins, Richard
Editor:
Folger, Tim
Editor:
Dawkins, Richard
Editor:
Folger, Tim
Editor:
Folger, Tim; Dawkins, Richard
Author:
Dawkins, Richard
Author:
Rich
Author:
ard Dawkins
Author:
Folger, Tim
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Technical Writing
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Science Reference-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American Science & Nature Writing
Series Volume:
2003
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.26x5.48x.94 in. .88 lbs.

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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 , Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-324).
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