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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010 Paperback – October 5, 2010
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The articles are, of course, well-written and interesting, and favor "nature" writing over "science" writing, with three sections dedicated to the environment. One such section, "Natural Beauty," gives fifty pages to the singing of the Earth's praises for its stunning diversity and, well, natural beauty. These essays cover the status of Minnesota's goshawk, a "raptor of gentility," as it struggles in the face of logging interests in Gustave Axelson's "The Alpha Accipiter," and the elegantly written celebration of the New Zealand godwit, "Flight of the Kuaka," by Don Stap, as well as a brief piece by famed naturalist Jane Goodall on the mysterious survival of a phasmid thought to be extinct.Read more ›
* "The Missions of Astronomy" by Steven Weinberg - Weinberg is a Nobel Prize winner and particle physics expert (currently at UT Austin) who decided he was not current in the history of science - so he decided to teach a course in it. This article looks to be adapted from one of his lectures. He starts out explaining how the ancients used the gnomon - similar to but not the same as a sundial. A gnomon is a vertical pole on a flat, level patch of ground open to the sun's rays.Read more ›
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I love this series. I've read each year's release and always look forward to the next. It is one of the books I can depend on to be informative and entertaining.Published 4 months ago by Peter Kaiser
A good series to keep up with the latest scientific and nature developments. A good bunch of essays for exploration and inquiry. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jeff
A nice collection of writing, and it helps to improve my reading skills.Published 21 months ago by Linton
I use this book to teach 8th grade English as I need more Non-fiction than the textbook offers. I am very happy with the engaging articles offered.Published on December 29, 2013 by TeacherBizLady
Science was one of my worst subjects in school. I just could not get the hang of it. As I grew older and left school behind (finally! Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by J. GARRATT
Great compilation of articles, all well written and interesting. I particularly enjoyed the one about Elon Musk, one of today's more fascinating entrepreneurs and space... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by William Matheson
I love these selections and have already used two of the essays in one of my composition classes. The students seem more engaged when dealing with reading and writing about "real"... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Dame Droiture
I got this one because Freeman Dyson (of the Dyson Sphere idea) is the editor. And honestly, he picked a great haul. It's mostly focused on astronomy (surprise! Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Marguerite Abaddonais
As a general fan of nature and science, I thought this would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, about halfway through it I lost interest and just couldn't summon up the patience... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by alltheusernamesaretaken