The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000

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David Quammen, Burkhard Bilger
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Sep 28, 2000 - Science - 288 pages
With the inaugural volume of THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING, Houghton Mifflin showcases the finest writing of the past year on subjects of ever-increasing interest to readers. Guest editor David Quammen and series editor Burkhard Bilger have assembled a remarkable group of essays that originally appeared in periodicals from National Geographic, Science, and The New Yorker to Puerto del Sol and DoubleTake. Among the acclaimed writers represented are Natalie Angier on "Men, Women, Sex, and Darwin," Peter Matthiessen exploring "The Island at the End of the Earth," Richard Preston considering "The Demon in the Freezer," and Oliver Sacks remembering the "Brilliant Light" of his boyhood. Also including work by such literary lights as Anne Fadiman, Edward Hoagland, and Cullen Murphy, this volume presents selections bound together by their timelessness.

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2000 is the inaugural volume in the wonderful Best American series, which is still going strong 10 volumes later in 2010. In the Introduction and Forward the vision for the series is explained, and it ... Read full review


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An admirable attempt—the first in a series—to put some of the best new ideas in science into one volume.Outside columnist Quammen states his bias up-front: science is a human activity, an aspect of ... Read full review


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Writer David Quammen grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and was later educated at both Yale and Oxford Universities. Quammen began his career by writing for The Christian Science Monitor, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Audubon, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Harpers Magazines. He wrote the novels The Soul of Viktor Tronko and The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions, which won the 1997 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. He also received two National Magazine Awards for his column "Natural Acts" in Outside magazine.

Burkhard Bilger is a senior editor at "Discover" & a contributing editor at "Health.

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