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The Best of the Best of American Science Writing

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For a decade, Ecco has published the most outstanding science writing in America, collected in highly acclaimed annual volumes edited by some of the most impressive and most important names in science and science writing today: James Gleick, Timothy Ferris, Matt Ridley, Oliver Sacks, Dava Sobel, Alan Lightman, Atul Gawande, Gina Kolata, Sylvia Nasar, and Natalie Angier.

Now series editor Jesse Cohen invites the previous guest editors to select their favorite essays for this ...

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Overview

For a decade, Ecco has published the most outstanding science writing in America, collected in highly acclaimed annual volumes edited by some of the most impressive and most important names in science and science writing today: James Gleick, Timothy Ferris, Matt Ridley, Oliver Sacks, Dava Sobel, Alan Lightman, Atul Gawande, Gina Kolata, Sylvia Nasar, and Natalie Angier.

Now series editor Jesse Cohen invites the previous guest editors to select their favorite essays for this one-of-a-kind anthology. The result is an outstanding compendium—the best science writing of the new millennium, featuring an introduction by the series' 2010 editor and New York Times bestselling author of How Doctors Think, Jerome Groopman.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061875007
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 478,637
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Introduction Jerome Groopman ix

2000 James Gleick

When Doctors Make Mistakes Atul Gawande 30

The Biotech Death of Jesse Gelsinger Sheryl Gay Stolberg 30

2001 Timothy Ferris

Science, Guided by Ethics, Can Lift Up the Poor Freeman J. Dyson 47

Darwin's Influence on Modern Thought Ernst Mayr 51

2002 Matt Ridley

Lauren Slater Dr. Daedalus 65

The Soft Science of Dietary Fat Gary Taubes 89

2003 Oliver Sacks

Common Ground Danielle Ofri 115

The Melody Lingers On Floyd Skloot 126

2004 Dava Sobel

What Galileo Saw Michael Benson 139

Columbia's Last Flight William Langewiesche 153

2005 Alan Lightman

The Genome in Black and White (aid Gray) Robin Marantz Henig 211

Darwin or Not David Quammen 225

2006 Atul Gawande

Mighty White of You Jack Hitt 243

Your Move Tom Mueller 278

2007 Gina Kolata

The Man on the Table Was 97, But He Devised the Surgery Lawrence K. Altman 295

Truth and Consequences Jennifer Couzin-Frankel 306

2008 Sylvia Nasar

What's Normal? Jerome Groopman 319

Facing Life with a Lethal Gene Amy Harmon 333

2009 Natalie Angier

The Final Frontier Karen Olsson 351

Birdbrain Margaret Talbot 365

About the Contributors 389

Permissions 399

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