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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2007; vuoden 2007 painos)

– tekijä: Richard Preston (Toimittaja)

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"Science is about not knowing and wanting badly to know. Science is about flawed and complicated human beings trying to use whatever tools they've got, along with their minds, to see something strange and new. In that sense, writing about science is just another way of writing about the human condition." -- from the introduction by Richard Preston The twenty-eight pieces in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 span a wide range of topics, from the farthest reaches of space to the everyday world around us to the secrets hiddin in our own bodies. Michael Lemonick travels to an extinct volcano in Hawaii, where telescopes at the summit are providing researchers with a glimpse of the most distant galaxy ever seen -- and profound new insights into the creation of the universe. Neil deGrasse Tyson takes a sharp, witty look at Americans' delirium over space travel. And with surgical precision Michael Perry describes how a medical autopsy is performed. Dead men can tell tales. Here we also see examinations of the sometimes harmful impact of science on the natural world. Susan Casey gives an alarming portrait of plastic waste pollution in the world's oceans, including a dead zone in the mid-Pacific that's twice the size of Texas. Michael Shnayerson heads to West Virginia, where the Appalachians are being blasted at the rate of several ridgetops a week, all in the pursuit of ever-elusive coal. And Paul Bennett goes deep beneath Rome's streets, where cutting-edge excavation techniques are revealing newfound treasures in one of the world's oldest cities. A profile of a late, distinguished British ornithologist by John Seabrook reveals that the man's personal collection of bird skins, now in the British Natural History Museum, was largely stolen or bought and intentionally mislabeled. Richard Conniff visits a former Brooklyn social worker turned primatologist who has become a fierce advocate of the lemur. And Patricia Gadsby takes us into the kitchens of Europe's finest chefs to explain how the new field of molecular gastronomy is revolutionizing fine cuisine.… (lisätietoja)
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I love this series, man. Always chock full of really interesting, thought-provoking pieces. ( )
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
Couldn't finish. Richard Preston must have been in a rotten mood when he chose these essays: picking through Roman sewers, giant floating piles of trash, how terrorists might access nuclear material. ( )
  bexaplex | May 21, 2010 |
The Best American Series is an anthology published yearly by Houghton Mifflin of articles that appeared in magazines over the past year - it's kind of a "best of" for magazine articles, in case you didn't get a chance to read 100s of magazines this past year. This one is for science and nature, but they also have them for fiction, travel, comics, etc.. The first was for fiction since 1915, but starting around 2000 they really expanded the line, including one that has blog articles(!). The Science and Nature Writing series began in 2000 so this is the seventh book. It is my first of the Best American series, of which I hope there will be many more on my shelf.

There are 28 articles by 28 authors arranged in alphabetic order by the authors last name. It is a box of surprises and a bag of chips - one never knows what comes up next, once you start it's hard to stop. It's unlike a short story anthology, it's a unique experience to read magazine articles in book form without the glossy pictures, narrow columns and advertisements, it is easier and more enjoyable, sort of like Tivo, with the best of TV distilled down and all the commercials removed.

Articles about science often don't have longevity since things naturally change rapidly, and this book does have a few articles about current events that in a few years will be outdated, but most of the articles have longer appeal that will last at least another decade, and some are timeless in scope and artistic appeal. The articles are written for a popular audience, so for the general reader, they are easily accessible small windows into what's going on in the world today.

--Review by Stephen Balbach, via CoolReading (c) 2008 cc-by-nd ( )
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"Science is about not knowing and wanting badly to know. Science is about flawed and complicated human beings trying to use whatever tools they've got, along with their minds, to see something strange and new. In that sense, writing about science is just another way of writing about the human condition." -- from the introduction by Richard Preston The twenty-eight pieces in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 span a wide range of topics, from the farthest reaches of space to the everyday world around us to the secrets hiddin in our own bodies. Michael Lemonick travels to an extinct volcano in Hawaii, where telescopes at the summit are providing researchers with a glimpse of the most distant galaxy ever seen -- and profound new insights into the creation of the universe. Neil deGrasse Tyson takes a sharp, witty look at Americans' delirium over space travel. And with surgical precision Michael Perry describes how a medical autopsy is performed. Dead men can tell tales. Here we also see examinations of the sometimes harmful impact of science on the natural world. Susan Casey gives an alarming portrait of plastic waste pollution in the world's oceans, including a dead zone in the mid-Pacific that's twice the size of Texas. Michael Shnayerson heads to West Virginia, where the Appalachians are being blasted at the rate of several ridgetops a week, all in the pursuit of ever-elusive coal. And Paul Bennett goes deep beneath Rome's streets, where cutting-edge excavation techniques are revealing newfound treasures in one of the world's oldest cities. A profile of a late, distinguished British ornithologist by John Seabrook reveals that the man's personal collection of bird skins, now in the British Natural History Museum, was largely stolen or bought and intentionally mislabeled. Richard Conniff visits a former Brooklyn social worker turned primatologist who has become a fierce advocate of the lemur. And Patricia Gadsby takes us into the kitchens of Europe's finest chefs to explain how the new field of molecular gastronomy is revolutionizing fine cuisine.

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