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Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature
     

Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature

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by David Quammen
 

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"David Quammen is simply the best natural essayist working today."--Tim Cahill, author of Lost in My Own Backyard"Lively writing about science and nature depends less on the offering of good answers, I think, than on the offering of good questions," said David Quammen in the original introduction to Natural Acts. For more than two decades, he has stuck to that credo.

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"David Quammen is simply the best natural essayist working today."--Tim Cahill, author of Lost in My Own Backyard"Lively writing about science and nature depends less on the offering of good answers, I think, than on the offering of good questions," said David Quammen in the original introduction to Natural Acts. For more than two decades, he has stuck to that credo. In this updated version of curiosity leads him from New Mexico to Romania, from the Congo to the Amazon, asking questions about mosquitoes (what are their redeeming merits?), dinosaurs (how did they change the life of a dyslexic Vietnam vet?), and cloning (can it save endangered species?).This revised and expanded edition best-loved "Natural Acts" columns, which first appeared in Outside magazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as "Planet of Weeds," an influential new Natural Acts is an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Quammen's collection of accessible science writing, much of which was originally published in Outside magazine, looks at subjects ranging from sex among the aphids to boredom among the crows. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393333602
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/04/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
502,906
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the recipient of a John Burroughs Medal and the National Magazine Award. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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mathism More than 1 year ago
Quammen's approach to science, while not at all distrusting, does not take anything for granted. This refreshing mixture of well-researched science and personal, emotional engagement makes for an enjoyable read. You will learn a few things as well.