The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010
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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010

by Freeman Dyson
     
 

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Freeman Dyson, renowned physicist and public intellectual, edits this year’s volume of the finest science and nature writing.  See more details below

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Freeman Dyson, renowned physicist and public intellectual, edits this year’s volume of the finest science and nature writing.

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Publishers Weekly
The latest addition to this uniformly excellent series, edited by renowned physicist Dyson, does not disappoint. Dyson showcases 28 essays covering astronomy and cosmology, neurology, nature writing, and three sections loosely organized on the environment. Some are more optimistic than others that environmental disaster might be averted. Many standout pieces describe the cutting edges of science, such as a strong piece by Kathleen McGowan in the neurology section on reprogramming memory and efforts to reduce the ruinous impact of PTSD. The nature section includes an essay by Don Stap on the kuaka, an astonishing bird that travels 7,000 miles over the Pacific Ocean in eight days without stopping or eating, and there is an arresting essay by Brian Boyd that ponders the evolutionary value of art and science, concluding that natural selection is evolution toward a purpose-driven life. Each of the authors--many familiar to readers of publications such as the New Yorker (from which Elizabeth Kolbert merits two entries) and the New York Review of Books--writes clearly, on occasion elegantly, and oftenwith a contagious passion. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547327846
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Series:
Best American Science and Nature Writing Series
Pages:
385
Sales rank:
759,484
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

FREEMAN DYSON, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, has contributed to the fields of nuclear physics, astronomy, and biology, among others. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Weapons and Hope, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1984.

TIM FOLGER is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.

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