Best American Science Writing 2002 / Edition 1

Best American Science Writing 2002 / Edition 1

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by Matt Ridley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0060936509

ISBN-13: 2900060936500

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

If, as Matt Ridley suggests in his introduction, science is simply the search for new forms of ignorance, then perhaps it follows that with science's advances come new questions. Will human genetic engineering become commonplace? Will human cloning ever be safe? Are there many universes? How much will the climate change during the coming century? The Best American

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If, as Matt Ridley suggests in his introduction, science is simply the search for new forms of ignorance, then perhaps it follows that with science's advances come new questions. Will human genetic engineering become commonplace? Will human cloning ever be safe? Are there many universes? How much will the climate change during the coming century? The Best American Science Writing 2002 gathers top writers and scientists covering the latest developments in the fastest-changing, farthest-reaching scientific fields, such as medicine, genetics, computer technology, evolutionary psychology, cutting-edge physics, and the environment. The topics covered in this year's essays include: the medically and ethically unprecedented issues posed by cloning and genetic engineering; the revolutionary discovery that adult brain cells might in fact regenerate; a peculiar episode in which genetic engineering and artistic culture collide; an insightful contrast between suicide terrorists and rescue workers who risk their lives; an exploration of the mysteries encoded in the universe's smallest units, be they cells or quanta; and two contrasting views, both valid, on the state of the environment. In the end, the unanswered questions are what sustain scientific inquiry, open new frontiers of knowledge, and lead to new technologies and medical treatments. The Best American Science Writing 2002 is a series of exciting reports from science's front lines, where what we don't know is every bit as important as what we know.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900060936500
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Best American Science Writing Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Dr. Daedalus1
Crimson Tide21
The Made-to-Order Savior34
A Desire to Duplicate54
Medicine's Race Problem72
The Thirty Years' War83
The Soft Science of Dietary Fat104
Brothers with Heart124
I Love My Glow Bunny136
Rethinking the Brain151
Penninger171
Mothers and Others189
Of Altruism, Heroism and Nature's Gifts in the Face of Terror202
Pirate Utopia207
Code Red for the Web216
What Brings a World into Being?225
Quantum Shmantum239
Shadow Science247
Can Science Explain Everything? Anything?259
The Eco-Optimist273
George Divoky's Planet279
About the Contributors307

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Best American Science Writing 2002 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The table of contents reads like the track listing from a Zappa album. That alone almost guarantees it will be interesting.