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Best American Science Writing 2002

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ISBN-10: 0060936509

ISBN-13: 9780060936501

Edition: N/A

Authors: Matt Ridley, Alan Lightman

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List price: $13.95
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/3/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
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…    

Introduction
Dr. Daedalus
Crimson Tide
The Made-to-Order Savior
A Desire to Duplicate
Medicine's Race Problem
The Thirty Years' War
The Soft Science of Dietary Fat
Brothers with Heart
I Love My Glow Bunny
Rethinking the Brain
Penninger
Mothers and Others
Of Altruism, Heroism and Nature's Gifts in the Face of Terror
Pirate Utopia
Code Red for the Web
What Brings a World into Being?
Quantum Shmantum
Shadow Science
Can Science Explain Everything? Anything?
The Eco-Optimist
George Divoky's Planet
About the Contributors