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Jennifer Kahn's "Stripped for Parts" was selected as the lead story of this year's Best American Science Writing because, as Dava Sobel, best-selling author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, reveals, "it begins with one of the most arresting openings I have ever read." In "Columbia's Last Flight," William Langewiesche recounts the February 1, 2003, space shuttle tragedy

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Harper Perennial (first published September 1st 2004)
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Zenpvnk
Oct 15, 2007 Zenpvnk rated it really liked it
Just finished this one yesterday, so now I'm on to the current one...2007... that I just got in the mail... good timing!

I like this series so much I also just ordered the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005 editions, used, for 3 bucks each. So, if any of my friends want to try this series, I'm your man, just ask. This one, the 2004 one, is excellent... the story about the Columbia space shuttle disaster was fascinating. It's a shame, it really shouldn't have happened.. it seems it's just that NASA i
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Lindee
Jun 26, 2007 Lindee rated it it was amazing
I had to read this for my 400 level philosophy capstone seminar because the topic for the class was philosophy of science. It did not explicitly deal with the philosophy of science, but it does shed light on how the non-science folk look at science. It is organized in short essay format and I found all of the essays extremely interesting and fun to read. It's like the reader's digest of Nature!
Adam
Jun 07, 2013 Adam rated it liked it
An OK anthology. The two long pieces on astronomy (Tom Bissell on asteroid impacts and William Langewiesche on the Columbia disaster) are by far the best in this collection; everything else is merely good.
Doug
Aug 23, 2012 Doug rated it really liked it
Yeah, I know it's almost 10 years old...great collection of writing, though. Most impressed with a few articles, one on near-Earth asteroids and extinction, and the following, from Mother Jones, about the Space Shuttle Columbia's Last flight. Outstanding reporting and writing:
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/a...
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Dava Sobel is an accomplished writer of popular expositions of scientific topics. A 1964 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Ms. Sobel attended Antioch College and the City College of New York before receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1969. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, in England, and M ...more
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