The New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy: More Than 100 Years of Covering the Expanding Universeby Cornelia Dean
From the discovery of distant galaxies and black holes to the tiny interstices of the atom, here is the very best on physics and astronomy from the New York Times! The newspaper of record has always prided itself on its award-winning science coverage, and these 125 articles from its archives are the very best, covering more than a century of breakthroughs,/i>… See more details below
From the discovery of distant galaxies and black holes to the tiny interstices of the atom, here is the very best on physics and astronomy from the New York Times! The newspaper of record has always prided itself on its award-winning science coverage, and these 125 articles from its archives are the very best, covering more than a century of breakthroughs, setbacks, and mysteries. Selected by former science editor Cornelia Dean, they feature such esteemed and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers as Malcolm W. Browne on teleporting, antimatter atoms, and the physics of traffic jams; James Glanz on string theory; George Johnson on quantum physics; William L. Laurence on Bohr and Einstein; Dennis Overbye on the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson; Walter Sullivan on the colliding beam machine; and more.
Dean (science writer & former science editor, New York Times; Am I Making Myself Clear? A Scientist's Guide to Talking to the Public) gives us a compilation of New York Times science articles from the past century-plus. The focus is basically on physics and astrophysics, the disciplines that most define the boundaries of 20th-century scientific research—from atoms to galaxies—that captured the newspaper's, and then the public's, attention. The articles, including news, features, and book reviews, mostly by nonscientists (some of whom were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their work) were written for a general public awakening to the possibilities and portents, even the literal explosion, of scientific research. The Times sought to present science as accurately and understandably as possible. Dean's selections are arranged chronologically within thematic groupings titled "The Nature of Matter," "The Practical Atom," and "The Fate of the Universe." Cumulatively, they also reflect the social attitudes of the times: there is a paucity of women reporters and scientists, and there is in the early decades a lack of awareness of research outside the United States. VERDICT It is a treat to have a taste of those heady years of announcements and discoveries. Highly recommended for all science collections.—Margaret F. Dominy, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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Cornelia Dean is a science writer for the New York Times, where she writes mostly about environmental issues and science policy, and a lecturer at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. From January 1997 until June 2003, Dean was science editor of the Times; during her tenure staff members twice won the Pulitzer Prize (and came in as finalists three times), the Polk Award, and the Lasker Award for public service, among many other honors. Dean's first book, Against the Tide: The Battle for America's Beaches (Columbia University Press) was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her second book, Am I Making Myself Clear?, was published by Harvard University Press in 2009. She is currently working on a book about the misuse of scientific information in American public life.
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