Best American Science Writing 2010

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Pub. Date: 2010-09-14
Publisher(s): Ecco Pr
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Thankfully, books such as this one exist to allow for an extension of one's own knowledge about science without being too costly or too secular and specific. For us laymen, this textbook presents scientific topics that are relevant and advanced in terms that are extremely easy to understand, yet still scholarly. This textbook does well in taking subjects one might have learned about in school and placing them in real world scenarios, expressing how they affect me, you, and the world around us.

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Edited by New York Times bestselling author Jerome Groopman, The Best American Science Writing 2010 collects in one volume the most crucial, thought-provoking, and engaging science writing of the year. Distinguished by new and impressive voices as well as some of the foremost names in science writing—David Dobbs, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Larissa MacFarquhar among them.

This 10th edition of the popular annual series, praised as superb brain candy by "Kirkus Reviews," is dedicated to collecting the most crucial, thought-provoking, and engaging science writing of the year.

Author Biography

Jerome Groopman, editor, has been a staff writer in medicine and biology for The New Yorker since 1998. He is also the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and author of four books, most recently, Anatomy of Hope and How Doctors Think, which was a New York Times bestseller. Jesse Cohen, series editor, is a writer and freelance editor. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
The Kindest Cutp. 1
The Placebo Problemp. 31
Surgery for Mental Ills Offers Both Hope and Riskp. 45
The Truth About Gritp. 52
How to Think, Say, or Do Precisely the Worst Thing for Any Occasionp. 59
Friendship as a Health Factorp. 71
A life of Its Ownp. 80
The Orchid Childrenp. 102
My Genome, My Selfp. 124
Test Subjects Who Call the Scientist Mom or Dadp. 147
The Famine Fighter's Last Battlep. 153
Pesticides Indicted in Bee Deathsp. 161
Disaster Aversionp. 167
The Sixth Extinction?p. 190
Are We Still Evolving?p. 218
A Most Private Evolutionp. 232
Unpopular Sciencep. 243
An Epidemic of Fearp. 252
The Missions of Astronomyp. 272
Decoding an Ancient Computerp. 282
The Deadly Choices at Memorialp. 293
So Much to Learn About the Oceans from Sandp. 330
About the Contributorsp. 335
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