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The first volume in this annual series of the best writing by Americans, meticulously selected by bestselling author James Gleick, one of the foremost chronicles of scientific social history, debuts with a stellar collection of writers and thinkers. Many of these cutting-edge essays offer glimpses of new realms of discovery and thought, exploring territory that is unfamili ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Ecco (first published September 1st 2000)
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Cynthia
Jul 12, 2008 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in science or brains
Shelves: nonfiction, science
I've been reading this essay collection in fits and starts. Originally I had marked this as three stars, because I'd read a few and they didn't particularly impress me (other than the fact they were done well) but I've upped it to four after discovering the incredibly personal, descriptive and yet still managing to be strongly scientific and well researched essay, entitled Gray Area: Thinking with a Damaged Brain.

I've taken many neuroscience courses, but as Feynman has so often noted, there is n
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Grady McCallie
May 28, 2013 Grady McCallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's interesting to see how a collection of essays weathers the passage of time; essays about cutting edge science age particularly quickly. When it was new, this first entry in the 'Best American Science Writing" series, from 2000, must have seemed quite striking. Now, over a decade later, only some of the pieces seem so compelling.

My favorites include George Johnson, 'A Matter of Scale', on scale-dependence in plants and animals as a natural law; Jonathan Weiner, 'Lord of the Flies', a deligh
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Aug 09, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: non-scientists interested in recent scientific goings-on
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Some of the selections really thudded for me and not because of their seemingly boring subject matter but because the writing wasn't compelling (as if i could've chosen better instances of science writing than Mr. Gleick! sheesh). This series really ought to change the title to The Best American Popular Science Writing because there's nothing technical or difficult about any of the pieces. I suspect that's a mandate from the publisher—can't sell books if only 0.05% of the population can understa ...more
Jil
Sep 04, 2007 Jil rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of wired, lovers of science, lovers
Out of maybe twenty essays, at least ten were SO worth reading and totally accessible (profiles of scientists = NOT really science, still makes me seem smart!) I definitely had to skim three essays that were prodigiously footnoted and talked about physics or some such nonsense, but the rest (mostly from The New Yorker or The New York Times Magazine) were legit. I'm definitely planning on reading the rest of the series - it's a little embarrassing to bust out science facts from 2000.
Meter
Seems to be another fine collection. Read "Brilliant Light" by Oliver Sacks, a wonderful account of growing up sciency. And "Analogy as the Core of Cognition" by Douglas R. Hofstadter.

Alas, must return to library.
John collins
Apr 03, 2008 John collins rated it really liked it
Good pieces on really interesting topics written with humor and enthusiasm. Gotta get more of these things. Pleasant, not like science homework at all.
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Jul 19, 2007 Jrobertus rated it liked it
many interesting essays. a designer universe by weinberg was a take no prisoners assault on region that i resonated with.
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These essays will blow your mind.
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James Gleick (born August 1, 1954) is an American author, journalist, and biographer, whose books explore the cultural ramifications of science and technology. Three of these books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists, and they have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Born in New York City, USA, Gleick attended Harvard College, graduating in 1976 with a degree in
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