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Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006

ISBN-10: 061872222X

ISBN-13: 9780618722228

Edition: 2006

Authors: Tim Folger, Brian Greene

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In his introduction to The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006, Brian Greene writes that "science needs to be recognized for what it is: the ultimate in adventure stories." The twenty-five pieces in this year's collection take you on just such an adventure. Natalie Angier probes the origins of language, Paul Raffaele describes a remote Amazonian tribe untouched by the modern world, and Frans B. M. de Waal explains what a new breed of economists is learning from monkeys. Drake Bennett profiles the creator of Ecstasy and more than two hundred other psychedelic compounds -- a man hailed by some as one of the twentieth century's most important scientists. Some of the selections reflect the news of the past year. Daniel C. Dennett questions the debate over intelligent design -- is evolution just a theory? --while Chris Mooney reports on how this debate almost tore one small town apart. John Hockenberry examines how blogs are transforming the twenty-first-century battlefield, Larry Cahill probes the new science uncovering male and female brain differences, Daniel Roth explains why the programmer who made it easy to pirate movies over the Internet is now being courted by Hollywood, and Charles C. Mann looks at the dark side of increased human life expectancy. Reaching out beyond our own planet, Juan Maldacena questions whether we actually live in a three-dimensional world and whether gravity truly exists. Dennis Overbye surveys the continuing scientific mystery of time travel, and Robert Kunzig describes new x-ray images of the heavens, including black holes, exploding stars, colliding galaxies, and other wonders the eye can't see.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

TIM FOLGER is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.

Brian Greene was born on February 9, 1963 in New York City. After attending Stuyvesant High School, where he was a classmate of fellow physicist Lisa Randall. Brian Greene entered Harvard in 1980 to major in physics. He graduated with a bachelor's degree, and went on to earn his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, graduating in 1987. Greene joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990, and was appointed to a full professorship in 1995. The following year, he joined the staff of Columbia University as a full professor; this remains his current position. At Columbia, Greene is co-director of the University's Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP), and is leading a research program applying superstring theory to cosmological questions. He has become known to a wider audience through his books for the general public, The Elegant Universe, Icarus at the Edge of Time, The Fabric of the Cosmos, The Hidden Reality, and a related PBS television special.

Foreword
Introduction
Natalie Angier
Almost Before We Spoke, We Swore
The New York Times
Dr. Ecstasy
The New York Times Magazine
His Brain, Her Brain
Scientific American
My Bionic Quest for Bol�ro
Wired
Show Me the Science
The New York Times
How Animals Do Business
Scientific American
Buried Answers
The New York Times Magazine
Conservation Refugees
Orion
The Blogs of War
Wired
The Forgotten Era of Brain Chips
Scientific American
The Mysteries of Mass
Scientific American
Future Shocks
Smithsonian
The Mummy Doctor
The New Yorker
X-Ray Vision
Discover
The Illusion of Gravity
Scientific American
The Coming Death Shortage
The Atlantic Monthly
The Dover Monkey Trial
Seed
Remembrance of Things Future
The New York Times
Out of Time
Smithsonian
Torrential Reign
Fortune
Are Antibiotics Killing Us?
Discover
Remembering Francis Crick
The New York Review of Books
Buried Suns
Harper"s Magazine
Lights, Camera, Armageddon
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Taming Lupus
Scientific American
Contributors" Notes
Other Notable Science and Nature Writing of 2005