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The Best American Science Writing 2005 Paperback – September 6, 2005
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Introduction, by this year's editor, Alan Lightman, who made the final selections: "So far, not a shred of experimental evidence supports string theory. However, some of the best theoretical physicists in the world are infatuated with it."
Oliver Sacks: The story of how scientists have created new elements based on what could be predicted from the Periodic Chart of the Elements.
James Gleick: The grand new exhibition on Isaac Newton at the New York Public Library correctly portrays him as the genius of rationality and order that he was. His fingerprints mark every part of science, but they left out a major part of the story. Newton was heavily into alchemy and other pseudoscience, was a social disaster who had no friends, and was chronically poisoned by the mercury he experimented with. His works ended up being a pivotal event in the emergence of the age of science from centuries of dependence on superstition. His complex and tormented soul might represent the conflict between science and superstition.
Frank Wilczek: A discussion of Newton's second law of motion, F = ma. Force is "insubstantial" and has no independent meaning. For these reasons and that it has no algorith, Wilczek had problems with it as a student. He elaborates...a little over my head, but that's OK.Read more ›
I make synthetic gem and laser crystals for a living. I read many scientific journals weekly. I think this series of "The Best American Science Writing" is extremely good with always very up to date topics. An absolutely great selection of articles written by or about top people and topics each year. I use this series to help keep me up to date on everything scientific. I highly recommend the entire series.
There are twenty- six essays in the anthology.
Oliver Sachs in his essay `Greetings from the Island of Stability' writes of the discovery of two new elements, and in doing so considers the work of Glenn T. Seaborg and his colleagues at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the making of new elements beyond element ninety- two. In the course of this Sachs reawakens his own childhood interest in chemistry.Read more ›
The series editor provides a certain stability and may ensure some breadth to the selections, but each volume bears the stam of the interests of the guest editor. Given Alan Lightman's literary bent, it was therefore not surprising to see someone like Diane Ackerman included.
This was probably not the best of the series, but it nonetheless was not one I would want to miss.
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This is a great series. Don't miss any of it. Back order old issues... it's worth it.Published on November 17, 2007 by Craig A. Coppock
Today's science writing is growing more interesting and timely in its presentation. These annual collections are nearly always a delight to own. Read morePublished on July 10, 2006 by Stephen A. Haines
Every year these little anthologies deliver a wealth of essays and articles. Whether they are "best" or not is in the eye of the reader, but nearly all of them are always more... Read morePublished on March 7, 2006 by M. R. Sheffield
Reading this book will get you current on some of the hottest topics in the science world. The stories are well-written, flow smoothly, and understandable. Read morePublished on January 3, 2006 by TJ Burr