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The Best American Science Writing 2002 (2002)

av Matt Ridley (Redaktör), Jesse Cohen (Series Editor)

Andra författare: Natalie Angier (Bidragsgivare), Lisa Belkin (Bidragsgivare), David Berlinski (Bidragsgivare), Joseph D'Agnese (Bidragsgivare), Julian Dibbell (Bidragsgivare)16 till, Christopher Dickey (Bidragsgivare), Tim Folger (Bidragsgivare), Darcy Frey (Bidragsgivare), Atul Gawande (Bidragsgivare), Jerome Groopman (Bidragsgivare), Sarah Blaffer Hardy (Bidragsgivare), Carolyn Meinel (Bidragsgivare), Oliver Morton (Bidragsgivare), Mary Rogan (Bidragsgivare), Sally Satel (Bidragsgivare), Lauren Slater (Bidragsgivare), Michael Specter (Bidragsgivare), Margaret Talbot (Bidragsgivare), Gary Taubes (Bidragsgivare), Nicholas Wade (Bidragsgivare), Steven Weinberg (Bidragsgivare)

Serier: The Best American Science Writing (2002), Best American (2002)

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If, as Matt Ridley suggests, science is simply the search for new forms of ignorance, then perhaps it follows that with science's advances come new questions. Will human genetic engineering become commonplace? Will human cloning ever be safe? Are there many universes? How much will the climate change during the coming century? The Best American Science Writing 2002 gathers top writers and scientists covering the latest developments in the fastest-changing, farthest-reaching scientific fields, such as medicine, genetics, computer technology, evolutionary psychology, cutting-edge physics, and the environment. Among this year's selections: In "The Made-to-Order Savior," Lisa Belkin spotlights two desperate families seeking an unprecedented cure by a medically and ethically unprecedented means -- creating a genetically matched child. Margaret Talbot's "A Desire to Duplicate" reveals that the first human clone may very likely come from an entirely unexpected source, and sooner than we think. Michael Specter reports on the shock waves rippling through the field of neuroscience following the revolutionary discovery that adult brain cells might in fact regenerate ("Rethinking the Brain"). Christopher Dickey's "I Love My Glow Bunny" recounts with sly humor a peculiar episode in which genetic engineering and artistic culture collide. Natalie Angier draws an insightful contrast between suicide terrorists and rescue workers who risk their lives, and finds that sympathy and altruism have a definite place in the evolution of human nature, David Berlinski's "What Brings a World into Being?" ponders the idea of biology and physics as essentially digital technologies, exploring the mysteries encoded in the universe's smallest units, be they cells or quanta. Nicholas Wade shows how one of the most controversial books of the year, The Skeptical Environmentalist, by former Greenpeace member and self-described leftist Bjorn Lomborg, debunks some of the most cherished tenets of the environmental movement, suggesting that things are perhaps not as bad as we've been led to believe. And as a counterpoint, Darcy Frey's profile of George Divoky reveals a dedicated researcher whose love of birds and mystery leads to some sobering discoveries about global warming and forcefully reminds us of the unsung heroes of science: those who put in long hours, fill in small details, and take great trouble. In the end, the unanswered questions are what sustain scientific inquiry, open new frontiers of knowledge, and lead to new technologies and medical treatments. The Best American Science Writing 2002 is a series of exciting reports from science's front lines, where what we don't know is every bit as important as what we know.… (mer)

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Matt Ridley notes in his introduction that he has a soft spot for contrarians. He picked a fair number of articles for their contrarian scientific views. But the problem with that approach is that the writing then tends to focus on the controversy and the personalities rather than the science. While I love me some good drama, I really like science. In a few cases, I felt pretty short-shrifted by how shallow the actual science coverage was in the article. You can sort of see that by the number of articles that come from culture magazines such as The New Yorker or Esquire as compared to science magazines like Science or Scientific American. The lack of science is hardly the fault of the individual writers. Generally, they were writing what their editors needed to fill the magazines. Ridley could have used different selection criteria, and so the responsibility must lie with him.

(Full review at my blog) ( )
  KingRat | Jun 17, 2008 |
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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Ridley, MattRedaktörprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Cohen, JesseSeries Editorhuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Angier, NatalieBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Belkin, LisaBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Berlinski, DavidBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
D'Agnese, JosephBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Dibbell, JulianBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Dickey, ChristopherBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Folger, TimBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Frey, DarcyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Gawande, AtulBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Groopman, JeromeBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Hardy, Sarah BlafferBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Meinel, CarolynBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Morton, OliverBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Rogan, MaryBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Satel, SallyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Slater, LaurenBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Specter, MichaelBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Talbot, MargaretBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Taubes, GaryBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Wade, NicholasBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Weinberg, StevenBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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If, as Matt Ridley suggests, science is simply the search for new forms of ignorance, then perhaps it follows that with science's advances come new questions. Will human genetic engineering become commonplace? Will human cloning ever be safe? Are there many universes? How much will the climate change during the coming century? The Best American Science Writing 2002 gathers top writers and scientists covering the latest developments in the fastest-changing, farthest-reaching scientific fields, such as medicine, genetics, computer technology, evolutionary psychology, cutting-edge physics, and the environment. Among this year's selections: In "The Made-to-Order Savior," Lisa Belkin spotlights two desperate families seeking an unprecedented cure by a medically and ethically unprecedented means -- creating a genetically matched child. Margaret Talbot's "A Desire to Duplicate" reveals that the first human clone may very likely come from an entirely unexpected source, and sooner than we think. Michael Specter reports on the shock waves rippling through the field of neuroscience following the revolutionary discovery that adult brain cells might in fact regenerate ("Rethinking the Brain"). Christopher Dickey's "I Love My Glow Bunny" recounts with sly humor a peculiar episode in which genetic engineering and artistic culture collide. Natalie Angier draws an insightful contrast between suicide terrorists and rescue workers who risk their lives, and finds that sympathy and altruism have a definite place in the evolution of human nature, David Berlinski's "What Brings a World into Being?" ponders the idea of biology and physics as essentially digital technologies, exploring the mysteries encoded in the universe's smallest units, be they cells or quanta. Nicholas Wade shows how one of the most controversial books of the year, The Skeptical Environmentalist, by former Greenpeace member and self-described leftist Bjorn Lomborg, debunks some of the most cherished tenets of the environmental movement, suggesting that things are perhaps not as bad as we've been led to believe. And as a counterpoint, Darcy Frey's profile of George Divoky reveals a dedicated researcher whose love of birds and mystery leads to some sobering discoveries about global warming and forcefully reminds us of the unsung heroes of science: those who put in long hours, fill in small details, and take great trouble. In the end, the unanswered questions are what sustain scientific inquiry, open new frontiers of knowledge, and lead to new technologies and medical treatments. The Best American Science Writing 2002 is a series of exciting reports from science's front lines, where what we don't know is every bit as important as what we know.

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