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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2005 (Best American Science and Nature Writing #2005)

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The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the very best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 5th 2005 by Mariner Books
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Ethan Cramer-Flood
Mar 12, 2010 Ethan Cramer-Flood rated it really liked it
I picked this book up from the spontaneously-developed free-book shelf social exchange system that popped up in the lobby of my East Village building about 5 years ago. I've been carrying it around since, and it seemed like 2010 was as good a time as any to get caught up on the latest and greatest developments that science had to offer in 2005.

It was a delightful read. This is the first time I've read one of these "The Best American... [of some year:]" books, but now I'm a convert. Especially fo
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The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the very best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind.

This year's volume includes articles by: Natalie Angier; Jared Diamond;
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John McAndrew
Jan 28, 2015 John McAndrew rated it it was amazing
Reading about Rohrshach tests, embryonic and adult stem cells, ubiquitous scientific claims made mostly by advertisers, and which parts of the brain are stimulated by moral and ethical decisions. And that just scratches the surface of this book. It's one of those reading experiences where I begin to think that, if I spent the rest of my reading life reading nothing but these anthologies, my time would not be wasted.
Valerie
Apr 15, 2016 Valerie rated it liked it
Science in the Bush era. Most memorable to me were two essays by Malcolm Gladwell (one about personality tests and how our society processes grief has changed over time), an essay about Easter Island (a group of ancient people actually destroyed their entire island. Think The Lorax, only not Dr. Seuss but for real), and the story about the little boy on drugs because he was short.
Doug
Oct 03, 2009 Doug rated it it was ok
A bit of a slog in the middle (too much policy and politics for me personally), but ended strong with a couple cool articles on (1) the Curta calculator (google it!), (2) Scientific fallacies in advertising, and (3) a powerful and provocative article on the neural basis of morality and decision-making.

Ross
Mar 11, 2008 Ross rated it really liked it
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This series is consistently great (and better than the competing "Best American Science Writing"). The time lag is a downside, but good science writing never becomes obsolete. I would read them all if I had the time.
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Oct 29, 2007 Anna rated it it was amazing
Best piece in this collection was about Easter Island by Jared Diamond. Also a great story about deep sea cave diving.
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Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country. His books have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A former editor at The Sciences and a writer for The New Yorker, he is the author of The Beak of the Finch, Time, Love, Memory, His Brother's Keeper among many others.

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