The Best American Science Writing 2005

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Harper Collins, Sep 6, 2005 - Science - 320 pages

Together these twenty-seven articles on a wide range of today's most current topics in science, from Oliver Sacks, James Gleick, Atul Gawande, and Natalie Angier, among others, represent the full spectrum of scientific writing, proving once again that "good science writing is evidently plentiful" (Scientific American).

 

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26 short pop-sci pieces. Of the ones I hadn't already read, I most liked Jim Holt's "How Will the Universe End?" and David Berlinski's "On the Origins of the Mind." Read full review

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The editor's claim that we are now living in the "golden age" of science writing is borne out in this superb anthology of pop-science essays and news reports. Progressing from the hardest to the ... Read full review

Contents

OLIVER SACKS Greetings from the Island of Stability
1
FRANK WILCZEK Whence the Force ofF ma?
17
WILLIAM J BROAD Will Compasses Point South?
23
COLE Seeking Life as We Know It
29
DENNIS OVERBYE All of a Sudden the Neighborhood
37
JIM HOLT How Will the Universe End?
43
Jacqueline Barton
58
JENNIFER COUZIN Aging Researchs Family Feud
64
PHILIP ALCABES TheBioterrorism Scare
124
ATUL GAWANDE I The MopUp
154
BEN HARDER CreepyCrawly Care
166
JENNIFER ACKERMAN Cranes
172
DAVID QUAMMEN Darwin or Not
205
DAVID BERLINSKI On the Origins of the Mind
222
MARK SOLMS Freud Returns
244
ELLEN ULLMAN Dining with Robots
254

ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG The Genome in Black
76
MARK DOWIE Gods and Monsters
90
GINA KOLATA I Stem Cell Science Gets the Limelight
103
DIANE ACKERMAN Even Bees Must Rest Their Heads
280
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Alan Lightman is a novelist, essayist, physicist, and educator. He is adjunct professor of humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His essays, short fiction, and reviews have appeared in several magazines. His research articles have appeared in many journals of physics and astrophysics. His novels include Einstein's Dreams, which has been translated into more than thirty languages, and The Diagnosis, which was a National Book Award finalist in Fiction in 2000.

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