THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING
Since 2000, The Best American Science and Nature Writing has brought readers the very finest of the past year’s scientific writing, with sources ranging from Scientific American and Popular Science to National Geographic and The Atlantic. In his introduction, this year’s guest editor, Jerome Groopman states “the articles in this anthology…have novel and surprising arguments, protagonists who articulate their themes in clear, cogent voices and vivid cinema…each piece educates us and invites us to make connections among elements and events that previously seemed disparate or unlinked.” Among the pieces included in this volume:
• Jon Cohen writes about the attraction of animal hybrids in an exotic-animal preserve featuring zorses, wholphins, tigons, zonkeys, with talk of the most exotic hybrid of them all – humanzees.
• Edward Hoagland discusses the plight of the African indigent and the race to inoculate and prevent disease in a place where more important fears abound and everything is an emergency.
• Jeffrey Toobin breaks down the CSI-effect on criminal cases and how CBS’s popular crime drama has changed the way prosecutors present their cases to juries.
• And Oliver Sacks ponders the curious case of Tony Cicoria, and the powerful musicophilia that consumed him after a near-death experience.
These are just a small sample of the wealth of fascinating articles that populate The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008. As Dr. Groopman concludes in his introduction, “They connect us to nature and to each other, and those connections nourish the intellect and uplift the spirit.”
JEROME GROOPMAN, M.D.
Jerome Groopman holds the Dina and Rapheal Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he is the author of How Doctors Think, The Anatomy of Hope, Second Opinions, The Measure of Our Days, and other books
Tim Folger is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008
Jerome Groopman, M.D., editor
October 8, 2008
$14.00, ISBN: 9780618834471 paper, $28.00, ISBN: 9780618834464 cloth
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