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Best American Science Writing 2003

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ISBN-10: 0060936517

ISBN-13: 9780060936518

Edition: N/A

Authors: Oliver Sacks

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In his introduction to The Best American Science Writing 2003, Dr. Oliver Sacks, "the poet laureate of medicine" New York Times writes that "the best science writing . . . cannot be completely 'objective' -- how can it be when science itself is so human an activity? -- but it is never self-indulgently subjective either. It is, at best, a wonderful fusion, as factual as a news report, as imaginative as a novel." Following this definition of "good" science writing, Dr. Sacks has selected the twenty-five extraordinary pieces in the latest installment of this acclaimed annual. This year, Peter Canby travels into the heart of remote Africa to track a remarkable population of elephants; with…    
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List price: $13.95
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Oliver Wolf Sacks is a neurologist and writer. He was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. Sacks earned his medical degree at Oxford University and performed his internship at Middlesex Hospital in London and Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA. In 1965, Sacks became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. He also worked with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Sacks' work in a Bronx charity hospital led him to write the book Awakenings in 1973. The book inspired a play by Harold Pinter and became a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Sacks was also elected a fellow of the American Academy…    

Introduction
The Forest Primeval
1491
The Learning Curve
A World of Their Own
The Melody Lingers On
The World's Numerical Recipe
Emergent Realities in the Cosmos
Scientists Reach Out to Distant Worlds
Here There Be Dragons
Notes from a Parallel Universe
Shadow Creatures
You Dirty Vole
Stalking the American Lobster
Fighting Chance
The Big Bloom
Why Turn Red?
The Mosquito's Buzz
Got Silk
Disorders Made to Order
An Embarrassment of Chimpanzees
Common Ground
Why Buy That Theory?
Big Trouble in the World of "Big Physics"
Hawking's Breakthrough Is Still an Enigma
Stephen Jay Gould: What Does It Mean to Be a Radical?
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