The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000 by David Quammen, Burkhard Bilger
With The Best American Science and Nature Writing, Houghton Mifflin expands its stellar Best American series with a volume that honors our long and distinguished history of publishing the best writers in these fields. David Quammen, together with series editor Burkhard Bilger, has assembled a remarkable group of writers whose selections appeared in periodicals from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, SCIENCE, and THE NEW YORKER to PUERTO DEL SOL and DOUBLETAKE. Among the acclaimed writers represented in this volume are Richard Preston on “The Demon in the Freezer,” John McPhee bidding “Farewell to the Nineteeth Century,” Oliver Sacks remembering the “Brilliant Light” of his boyhood, and Wendell Berry going “Back to the Land.” Also including such literary lights as Anne Fadiman, David Guterson, Edward Hoagland, Natalie Angier, and Peter Matthiessen, this new collection presents selections bound together by their timelessness.
David Quammen, a former Rhodes scholar, has written the highly acclaimed SONG OF THE DODO (1997: Simon & Schuster), a series of books based on his columns for OUTSIDE magazine, and three novels. All of his nonfiction books are still in print. His writing for OUTSIDE garnered that magazine a National Magazine Award. Although he's likely to be found conducting research anywhere from Rumania to Congo, he lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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Each of the entries in this excellent collection is worth reading more than once. Encompassing a wide range of topics from evolution and germs to wild dogs in Africa and string theory, all meet the requirement of good writing. And, each of the interesting articles (19 in all) reflect editor David Quammen¿s reminder that 'Science is a human activity.' From the editor¿s introduction to the final entry, Gary Taube¿s article on string theory, the book will appeal both to readers who are interested in current topics in science and nature and those who simply appreciate good writing.