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The Best Australian Science Writing 2016
From the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes, science offers writers the kind of scope other subjects simply can't match. Good writing about science can be moving, funny, exhilarating or poetic, but it will always be honest and rigorous about the research that underlies it. Now in its sixth year, The Best Australian Science Writing 2016 ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by University of New South Wales Press
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It is a fun read. The book features Australian research in all major hot topics of the natural sciences. I must say climate change is a big theme appearing often in several of the articles. The biography of Prof. Tanya Monro and her impressive career made me reflect on my own and made me wonder what will be of myself in 10 or 20 years... would I have made a difference? Have I made any difference at all?
Another brilliant anthology from the University of New South Wales Press. If you have even a passing interest in anything science, you'll find something to like here. Great pieces on Tanya Monro and Abigail Allwood, two brilliant Australian scientists doing exciting things, are a standout as is Elmo Keep's 'Built for Eternity', Paul Daley's 'Transforming the bush', Kathy Marks' 'New Power, new realities' and Fiona McMillan's 'Lucy's lullaby: Song of the ages'.
This does what it says on the tin. Some of the shorter pieces seemed a bit disjointed. Overall, I preferred the longer-form pieces, including: a six-thousand-year-old self-cloned tree, the woman who is the first Australian to manage a project for the Mars Rover, the tick that can cause meat allergies, and the perils of being an amateur astronomer in Afghanistan.