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The Best American Science Writing 2002 (Best American Science Writing) Paperback – September 3, 2002
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“This anthology of lucid, eloquent essays will satisfy popular science enthusiasts.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Superb brain candy.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“It is rare to be offered such a diverse collection of science writing, even more, one that can be enjoyed by laymen, scientists, and writers alike.” (Nature)
“Contemporary science’s best answers to…eternal riddles.” (Fortune)
“Richly informative, wide-ranging, and intellectually provocative.” (Alan Lightman)
About the Author
MATT RIDLEY is the award-winning, bestselling author of The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, and The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. His books have sold more than one million copies in thirty languages worldwide. He has written for the Wall Street Journal and the Times of London as well as the Economist. He is a member of the House of Lords and lives in Newcastle and London.
Alan Lightman is a novelist, essayist, physicist, and educator. He is adjunct professor of humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His essays, short fiction, and reviews have appeared in several magazines. His research articles have appeared in many journals of physics and astrophysics. His novels include Einstein's Dreams, which has been translated into more than thirty languages, and The Diagnosis, which was a National Book Award finalist in Fiction in 2000.
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060936509
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060936501
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 0.97 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Ecco; 2002nd edition (September 3, 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,060,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reading further, I found the essays inconsistent for literary merit. Mary Rogan's article on Josef Penninger has interesting subject matter, but is written in an annoyingly self-conscious style and latches onto American/modern themes like the oppression of the genius by the system and the panacea cure for cancer. Good correctives are (1) learning that Penninger has since moved back from Toronto to Austria (where he could never live again--oh, the melodrama!) and (2) Jerome Groopman's article in this same volume on the futility of predicting an immanent cure for cancer.
Taubes' and Groopman's scientific cold water bathes are filled out by more skeptical articles like Satel's on race and medical conditions. Articles like Julian Dibbell's on early web security will take the later day reader nostalgically back.
As another reviewer says, these are good essays and excellent doctor's office and airplane material. Back issues are probably worthwhile as well.