The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008

by Jerome Groopman
     
 

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Best-selling author and staff writer for The New Yorker Jerome Groopman, M.D., edits this year's volume of the finest science and nature writing. From fresh new voices to prize-winning favorites, this is a "wonderful series . . . where students find plenty of inspiration" (New Scientist).

Contributors include Walter Kirn, Ron Rosenbaum, Jeffrey…  See more details below

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Best-selling author and staff writer for The New Yorker Jerome Groopman, M.D., edits this year's volume of the finest science and nature writing. From fresh new voices to prize-winning favorites, this is a "wonderful series . . . where students find plenty of inspiration" (New Scientist).

Contributors include Walter Kirn, Ron Rosenbaum, Jeffrey Toobin, and Oliver Sacks.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Groopman (How Doctors Think) has collected a wide range of articles, from futurology to forensics, for this sparkling entry in Tim Folger's annual series. In "Our Biotech Future," Freeman Dyson claims that "the century of biology" is upon us, when biotechnology "follows the path of the computer industry, giving "the tools of genetic engineering become accessible" to the average breeder of animals or plants. In a New Yorker article, Jeffrey Toobin compares forensic experts who actually give testimony in court to the characters in tevelvision's C.S.I. series. Christopher Conselice, in "The Universe's Invisible Hand," discusses how the 1998 discovery of "so-called dark energy" in the universe has led some scientists to create models predicting that its evolution might "rip apart" existing galaxies. Robin Marantz Henig warns in "Our Silver-coated Future" that there may be serious unforeseen risks in unchecked use of nanotechnology, especially the most commonly used, "nanosilver," an "antimicrobial" added to many consumer products. Though prolific readers may argue over the "best" moniker, each piece more than exceeds Groopman's standards ("novel and surprising arguments, protagonists who articulate their themes in clear, cogent voices, and vivid cinema"), making this a delight for any fan of popular science.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618834464
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/08/2008
Series:
Best American Science and Nature Writing Series
Edition description:
None
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Groopman, M.D., holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he is the author of How Doctors Think, The Anatomy of Hope, Second Opinions, The Measure of Our Days, and other books.

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

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