The Best American Science Writing 2011

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Harper Collins, Sep 27, 2011 - Science - 352 pages
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Edited by Rebecca Skloot, award-winning science writer and New York Times bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and her father, Floyd Skloot, an award-winning poet and writer, and past contributor to the series, The Best American Science Writing 2011 collects into one volume the most crucial, thought-provoking, and engaging science writing of the year. Culled from a wide variety of publications, these selections of outstanding journalism cover the full spectrum of scientific inquiry, providing a comprehensive overview of the most compelling, relevant, and exciting developments in the world of science. Provocative and engaging, The Best American Science Writing 2011 reveals just how far science has brought us—and where it is headed next.

 

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User Review  - mahallett - LibraryThing

i don't know why there is best american science writing AND best american science and nature writing. anyway i really like the best american series and am reading one every month. Read full review

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User Review  - flexatone - LibraryThing

A strange collection of articles this year, some quite impenetrable, a characteristic which I have not come to expect from this series. In particular, every single article on astrophysics and quantum ... Read full review

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Contents

Michael S Rosenwald The Mess He Made
1
Katy Butler What Broke My Fathers Heart
15
John Colapinto Mother Courage
31
Charles Homans Hot Air
50
Carl Zimmer The Singularity
63
Julia Whitty BPs Deep Secrets
82
Cynthia Gorney The Estrogen Dilemma
105
Charles Siebert The AnimalCruelty Syndrome
128
Cari Beauchamp and Judy Balaban
155
John Brenkus The Longest Home Run Ever
173
Ed Yong Gut Bacteria in Japanese People Borrowed
187
Burkhard Bilger Natures Spoils
204
Kristin Ohlson Earth on Fire
230
Mark Bowden The Enemy Within
257
Peter J Boyer The Covenant
284
Andrew Curry The Mathematics of Terror
303

Amy Harmon A Soft Spotfor Circuitry
146

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Rebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Her debut book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, became an instant New York Times bestseller. It was chosen as a best book of 2010 by more than sixty major media outlets, and is being adapted into an HBO film by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball.

Floyd Skloot is a writer of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. He has received three Pushcart Prizes and a PEN USA Literary Award, among other honors. He is the author of seventeen books, and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Beverly Hallberg.

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