A NATIONAL BESTSELLER Sy Montgomery, New York Times best-selling author and recipient of numerous awards, edits this year’s volume of the finest science and nature writing. “Science is important because this is how we seek to discover the truth about the world. And this is what makes excellent science and nature writing essential,” observes New York Times best-selling author Sy Montgomery. “Science and nature writing are how we share the truth about the universe with the people of the world.” And collected here are truths about nearly every corner of the universe. From meditations on extinction, to the search for alien life, to the prejudice that infects our medical system, the pieces in this year’s Best American Science and Nature Writing seek to bring to the people stories of some of the most pressing issues facing our planet, as well as moments of wonder reflecting the immense beauty our natural world offers.
About the Author
SY MONTGOMERY, guest editor, a National Book Award finalist, is the best-selling author of How to Be a Good Creature, The Soul of an Octopus, and numerous other titles. JAIME GREEN, series editor, is the romance book review columnist for the New York Times and a contributing editor for Catapult.
Hometown:Hancock, New Hampshire
Date of Birth:February 7, 1958
Place of Birth:Frankfurt, Germany
Education:Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979
Table of Contents
SY MONTGOMERY: Introduction PHILIP BALL: A Compassionate Substance REBECCA BOYLE: The Search for Alien Life Begins in Earth’s Oldest Desert PETER BRANNEN: Glimpses of a Mass Extinction in Modern-Day Western New York CHRIS COLIN: This Sand Is Your Sand DOUGLAS FOX: The Brain, Reimagined CONNOR GEARIN: Little Golden Flower-Room: On Wild Places and Intimacy BEN GOLDFARB: The Endling: Watching a Species Vanish in Real Time GARY GREENBERG: What If the Placebo Effect Is Not a Trick? JEREMY HANCE: The Great Rhino U-Turn HOLLY HAWORTH: The Fading Stars: A Constellation EVA HOLLAND: Saving Baby Boy Green APRICOT IRVING: The Fire at Eagle Creek ROWAN JACOBSEN: Deleting a Species BROOKE JARVIS: The Insect Apocalypse Is Here MATT JONES: No Heart, No Moon KEVIN KRAJICK: The Scientific Detectives Probing the Secrets of Ancient Oracles J. B. MACKINNON: You Really Don’t Want to Know What It’s Like to Be a Right Whale These Days BILL MCKIBBEN: How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet REBECCA MEAD: The Story of a Face MOLLY OSBERG: How to Not Die in America JOSHUA ROTHMAN: Why Paper Jams Persist JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH: The Professor of Horrible Deeds SHANNON STIRONE: Welcome to the Center of the Universe LINDA VILLAROSA: The Hidden Toll: Why Are Black Mothers and Babies in the United States Dying at More Than Double the Rate of White Mothers and Babies? The Answer Has Everything to Do with the Lived Experience of Being a Black Woman in America ED YONG: When the Next Plague Hits ILANA YURKIEWICZ: Paper Trails: Living and Dying with Fragmented Medical Records