The Best American Science Writing 2010

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Edited by New York Times bestselling author Jerome Groopman, The Best American Science Writing 2010 collects in one volume the most crucial, thought-provoking, and engaging science writing of the year. Distinguished by new and impressive voices as well as some of the foremost names in science writing—David Dobbs, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Larissa MacFarquhar among them—this eleventh edition features outstanding journalism from a wide variety of publications, providing a comprehensive overview of the year’s most ...

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Overview

Edited by New York Times bestselling author Jerome Groopman, The Best American Science Writing 2010 collects in one volume the most crucial, thought-provoking, and engaging science writing of the year. Distinguished by new and impressive voices as well as some of the foremost names in science writing—David Dobbs, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Larissa MacFarquhar among them—this eleventh edition features outstanding journalism from a wide variety of publications, providing a comprehensive overview of the year’s most compelling, relevant, and exciting developments in the world of science. Provocative and engaging, The Best American Science Writing 2010 reveals just how far science has brought us—and where it is headed next.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061852510
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 804,735
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Groopman, editor, has been a staff writer in medicine and biology for The New Yorker since 1998. He is also the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and author of four books, most recently, Anatomy of Hope and How Doctors Think, which was a New York Times bestseller.

Jesse Cohen is a writer and freelance editor. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Jerome Groopman vii

The Kindest Cut Larissa MacFarquhar 1

The Placebo Problem Steve Silberman 31

Surgery for Mental Ills Offers Both Hope and Risk Benedict Carey 45

The Truth About Grit Jonah Lehrer 52

How to Think, Say, or Do Precisely the Worst Thing for Any Occasion Daniel M. Wegner 59

Friendship as a Health Factor Jennifer Couzin-Frankel 71

A life of Its Own Michael Specter 80

The Orchid Children David Dobbs 102

My Genome, My Self Steven Pinker 124

Test Subjects Who Call the Scientist Mom or Dad Pam Belluck 147

The Famine Fighter's Last Battle Erik Stokstad 153

Pesticides Indicted in Bee Deaths Julia Scott 161

Disaster Aversion Rivka Galchen 167

The Sixth Extinction? Elizabeth Kolbert 190

Are We Still Evolving? Kathleen McAuliffe 218

A Most Private Evolution Susan Milius 232

Unpopular Science Chris Mooney Sheril Kirshenbaum 243

An Epidemic of Fear Amy Wallace 252

The Missions of Astronomy Steven Weinberg 272

Decoding an Ancient Computer Tony Freeth 282

The Deadly Choices at Memorial Sheri Fink 293

So Much to Learn About the Oceans from Sand Cornelia Dean 330

About the Contributors 335

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