The Best American Science Writing 2005

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Together these twenty-seven articles on a wide range of today's most current topics in science, from Oliver Sacks, James Gleick, Atul Gawande, and Natalie Angier, among others, represent the full spectrum of scientific writing, proving once again that "good science writing is evidently plentiful" (Scientific American).

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Alan Lightman is a novelist, essayist, physicist, and educator. He is adjunct professor of humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His essays, short fiction, and reviews have appeared in several magazines. His research articles have appeared in many journals of physics and astrophysics. His novels include Einstein's Dreams, which has been translated into more than thirty languages, and The Diagnosis, which was a National Book Award finalist in Fiction in 2000.



Jesse Cohen is a writer and freelance editor. He lives in New York City.

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One of the many pleasures found in this excellent annual is the introductory essay by each volume's guest editor. This year the acclaimed novelist, physicist, and essayist Alan Lightman offers a brisk and defining overview of what he prefers to call "public" science writing as opposed to "popular" science writing. He avers that we are experiencing a golden age in this invaluable genre, and, indeed, the range of subjects and the elegance of the writing found here substantiate his claim. Diane Ackerman writes of bumblebees, and K. C. Cole of life on Mars. The study of the human genome inspires riveting and unsettling essays by Natalie Angier, Robin Marantz Henig, Mark Dowie, and Gina Kolata. Catastrophic diseases and bioterrorism are the subjects of jolting essays by Philip Alcabes, Laurie Garrett, and Atul Gawande. Our jeopardized relationship with nature occupies Edward Hoagland, and Andrea Barrett writes insightfully about the different ways novelists and scientists navigate the "sea of information." What with "maggot therapy" and the "biology of hope," there is much here to stoke the imagination. Donna Seaman
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