Synopses & Reviews
“Undeniably exquisite . . . The essays in the collection [are] meditations that reveal not only how science actually happens but also who or what propels its immutable humanity.” — Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
“A stimulating compendium.” — Kirkus Reviews
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Deborah Blum selects the years top science and nature writing from writers who balance research with humanity and in the process uncover riveting stories of discovery across the disciplines.
"This thought provoking, perspective shifting edition of a consistently strong series draws from well-known publications like Scientific American and The Atlantic, but Blum (The Poisoner's Handbook) has also reached out to newer online publications like Matter and Nautilus, bringing the best from those venues to a new audience. Making connections between seemingly unrelated topics can help expand thinking, as seen in the effects of automated navigation on both airplane pilot error and Inuit hunting accidents that Nicholas Carr explores in 'The Great Forgetting.' Sarah Stewart Johnson makes a similar connection between the loss of a 1912 Antarctic expedition and the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 'O-Rings.' Blum features 'stories of choices and of consequences,' highlighting the Anthropocene-era world's rapid changes in response to human behavior. Essays like Virginia Hughes's '23 and You' investigates the effects of availability of individual genetic information on human interactions, while pieces like Maryn McKenna's 'Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future' and Kate Sheppard's 'Under Water' remind us of unpleasant futures which we have in large part created ourselves. But Barbara Kingsolver's 'Where it Begins,' a lyrical musing on connectedness, or Wilson's optimistic, bug-loving 'The Rebirth of Gorongosa,' reveal that among the strange, shocking, or depressing, there is still unadulterated joy to be found. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, edits this year's volume of the finest science and nature writing
A collection of the best science and nature writing from the past year.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, a leading cancer physician and researcher, selects the years top science and nature writing from journalists who dive into their fields with curiosity and passion, delivering must-read articles from a wide array of fields.
About the Author
DEBORAH BLUM is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and the author of five books, including The Poisoner's Handbook. She writes about environmental chemistry for The New York Times at Poison Pen and is a blogger for Wired at Elemental.
TIM FOLGER is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.