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The best American science writing 2003

Author: Oliver Sacks; Jesse Cohen
Publisher: New York : Ecco, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In his introduction to The Best American Science Writing 2003. Dr. Oliver Sacks, "the poet laureate of medicine" (New York Times) writes that "the best science writing ... cannot be completely 'objective' -- how can it be when science itself is so human an activity? -- but it is never self-indulgently subjective either. It is, at best, a wonderful fusion, as factual as a news report, as imaginative as a novel."  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver Sacks; Jesse Cohen
ISBN: 0066211638 9780066211633 0060936517 9780060936518
OCLC Number: 52984854
Description: xi, 272 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The forest primeval / Peter Canby --
1491 / Charles C. Mann --
The learning curve / Atul Gawande --
A world of their own / Liza Mundy --
The melody lingers on / Floyd Skloot --
The world's numerical recipe / Frank Wilczek --
Emergent realities in the cosmos / Marcelo Gleiser --
Scientists reach out to distant worlds / Natalie Angier --
Here there be dragons / Margaret Wertheim --
Notes from a parallel universe / Jennifer Kahn --
Shadow creatures / Michelle Nijhuis --
You dirty vole / Gunjan Sinha --
Stalking the American lobster / Trevor Corson --
Fighting chance / Siddhartha Mukherjee --
The big bloom / Michael Klesius --
Why turn red? / Susan Milius --
The mosquito's buzz / Thomas Eisner --
Got silk / Lawrence Osborne --
Disorders made to order / Brendan I. Koerner --
An embarrassment of chimpanzees / Joseph D'Agnese --
Common ground / Danielle Ofri --
Why buy that theory? / Roald Hoffmann --
Big trouble in the world of "Big Physics" / Leonard Cassuto --
Hawking's breakthrough is still an enigma / Dennis Overbye --
Stephen Jay Gould: what does it mean to be a radical? / Richard C. Lewontin and Richard Levins.
Responsibility: editor, Oliver Sacks ; series editor, Jesse Cohen.

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"In his introduction to The Best American Science Writing 2003. Dr. Oliver Sacks, "the poet laureate of medicine" (New York Times) writes that "the best science writing ... cannot be completely 'objective' -- how can it be when science itself is so human an activity? -- but it is never self-indulgently subjective either. It is, at best, a wonderful fusion, as factual as a news report, as imaginative as a novel." Following this definition of "good" science writing, Dr. Sacks has selected the twenty-five extraordinary pieces in the latest installment of this acclaimed annual. This year, Peter Canby travels into the heart of remote Africa to track a remarkable population of elephants; with candor and tenderness, Floyd Skloot observes the toll Alzheimer's disease is taking on his ninety-one-year-old mother, and is fascinated by the memories she retains. Gunjan Sinha explores the mating behavior of the common prairie vole and what it reveals about the human pattern of monogamy. Michael Klesius attempts to solve what Darwin called "an abominable mystery": How did flowers originate? Lawrence Osborne tours a farm where a genetically modified goat produces the silk of spiders in its milk. Joseph D'Agnese visits a home for retired medical research chimps. And in the collection's final piece, Richard C. Lewontin and Richard Levins reflect on how the work of Stephen Jay Gould demonstrated the value of taking a radical approach to science. As Dr. Sacks writes of Stephen Jay Gould -- to whose memory this year's anthology is dedicated -- an article of his "was never predictable, never dry, could not be imitated or mistaken for anybody else's." The same can be said of all of the good writing contained in this diverse collection. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

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