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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010



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The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. 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 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. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Freeman Dyson, editor, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, has contributed to the fields of mathematics, physics, astronomy, and biology. He is the author of numerous books, including Weapons and Hope, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1984.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Visions of Space
The Believer from GQp. 3
One Giant Leap to Nowhere from The New York Timesp. 16
The Missions of Astronomy from The New York Review of Booksp. 23
Cosmic Vision from National Geographicp. 32
Seeking New Earths from National Geographicp. 40
Neurology Displacing Molecular Biology
Don't! from The New Yorkerp. 47
Out of the Past from Discoverp. 61
Brain Games from The New Yorkerp. 73
Natural Beauty
The Alpha Accipiter from Minnesota Conservation Volunteerp. 99
Flight of the Kuaka from Living Birdp. 106
Modern Darwins from National Geographicp. 114
The Superior Civilization from The New York Review of Booksp. 122
Still Blue from National Geographicp. 133
The Lazarus Effect from Discoverp. 144
Darwin's First Clues from National Geographicp. 149
The Environment: Gloom and Doom
All You Can Eat from Orionp. 161
A Formula for Disaster from Wiredp. 172
Not So Silent Spring from Conservation Magazinep. 182
The Catastrophist from The New Yorkerp. 188
The Sixth Extinction? from The New Yorkerp. 202
The Environment: Small Blessings
Scraping Bottom from National Geographicp. 229
A Life of Its Own from The New Yorkerp. 239
Purpose-Driven Life from The American Scholarp. 259
The Monkey and the Fish from The New Yorkerp. 272
The Environment: Big Blessings
Graze Anatomy from OnEarthp. 301
Hearth Surgery from The New Yorkerp. 311
Green Giant from The New Yorkerp. 334
India, Enlightened from OnEarthp. 352
Contributors' Notesp. 377
Other Notable Science and Nature Writing of 2009p. 383
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