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Best American Science Writing 2005

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ISBN-10: 0060726423

ISBN-13: 9780060726423

Edition: 2005

Authors: Alan Lightman, Jesse Cohen

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Together these twenty-seven articles on a wide range of today's most current topics in science, from Oliver Sacks, James Gleick, Atul Gawande, and Natalie Angier, among others, represent the full spectrum of scientific writing, proving once again that "good science writing is evidently plentiful" ( Scientific American ).
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tenn. in 1948. As a boy, he had what seemed like incompatible interests--writing poetry and building rockets. He eventually put his literary interests aside to concentrate on science. After completing an A.B. at Princeton University in 1970, a Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in 1974, and postdoctoral studies at Cornell University in 1976, Lightman moved directly into academia, teaching astronomy and physics at Harvard, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In the 1980s, however, Lightman found a way to combine his literary and scientific interests when he began to write essays about…    

Greetings from the island of stability
Isaac Newton's gravity
Whence the force of F = ma?
Einstein's compass
Will compasses point south?
Seeking life as we know it
All of a sudden, the neighborhood looks a lot friendlier
How will the universe end?
Scientist at work : Jacqueline Barton
Aging research's family feud
The genome in black and white (and gray)
Gods and monsters
Stem cell science gets the limelight; now it needs a cure
The bioterrorism scare
The hidden dragon
The mop-up
The biology of hope
Creepy-crawly care
Small silences
Darwin or not
On the origins of the mind
Freud returns
Dining with robots
The sea of information
Even bees must rest their heads