The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species

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Macmillan, Jun 11, 2003 - Nature - 352 pages
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"A thoughtful examination of the machinery of extinction . . . By turns harrowing and elegiac, thrilling and informative." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Three or four times an hour, eighty or more times a day, a unique species of plant or animal vanishes forever. And yet, every so often one of these lost species resurfaces. "Having adventures most of us can only dream about" (The Times-Picayune), Scott Weidensaul pursues stories of loss and recovery, of endurance against the odds, and of surprising resurrections.

 

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A knockout book. Weidensaul is a very, very good writer. He's uproariously funny when he's relating hardships from the bush and heartbreakingly understated when he's discussing species teetering on ... Read full review

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(review originally written for Bookslut) The Ghost with Trembling Wings is easily the most enjoyable science book I have read since The Botany of Desire. Tidbits from this book brought up in ... Read full review

Contents

The Ghost with Trembling Wings
3
Proving a Negative
38
Chance and Calculation
65
The Noble Living
93
The ABCs of Ghost Cats
123
Cruising the Cryptofringe
151
The Brothers and the Bull
187
Testtube Babies
214
The Tiger That Isnt
243
Sweat Bees Ate Our Earwax
280
Notes and Bibliography
311
Acknowledgments
323
Index
327
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Scott Weidensaul is the author of Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Mountains of the Heart. He lives in the Pennsylvania Appalachians.

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