The Best Australian Science Writing 2011

Overview

Dynamic and informative, this anthology examines science topics both macrocosmic and microscopic. Featuring both young, unpublished writers as well as renowned Australian writers and thinkers—such as Paul Davies, Tim Flannery, Anna Funder, and Germaine Greer—this account includes insightful and powerful selections of important writing about science and nature.

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Overview

Dynamic and informative, this anthology examines science topics both macrocosmic and microscopic. Featuring both young, unpublished writers as well as renowned Australian writers and thinkers—such as Paul Davies, Tim Flannery, Anna Funder, and Germaine Greer—this account includes insightful and powerful selections of important writing about science and nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742233000
  • Publisher: UNSW Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Advisory Panel viii

Contributors x

Foreward Peter C. Doherty 1

Introduction Stephen Pincock 6

Bad hotel Anna Funder 12

Science without a capital S Robyn Williams 17

You should probably just move oceans, male Gulf pipefish Becky Crew 28

The trouble with genes Elizabeth Finkel 32

There is no mercury in vaccines Deb Hodgkin 44

Is your brain making you fat? Michael Cowley 46

It's time to talk Kate Legge 50

To save a species Deborah Smith 62

Birth of a killer Sonia Shah 68

Lousy science Christine Kenneally 75

A fresh look at Earth Tim Flannery 79

How to keep the river flowing Jessica Weir 93

Blame it on the Stones Rob Brooks 98

In the age of fishes Nyssa Skilton 106

Tiger by the tail Robert Reid 111

Gone viral Frank Bowden 118

Skin feeders Katherine Fleming 122

Once were dinosaurs John Pickrell 126

Australian floods Germaine Greer 141

No escaping the science Clive Hamilton 148

How aqua regia saved Nobel Prize medals from the Nazis Captain Skellett 158

Extremes of sound Bryan Gaensler 162

String theory ties us in knots Marcelo Gleiser 180

Deepak Chopra Richard Hughes 183

Twinkling stars Karl Kruszelnicki 188

Flesh and stardust Richard King 192

Is anybody out there? Paul Davies 208

Acknowledgments 220

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