Freeman Dyson, renowned physicist and public intellectual, edits this year’s volume of the finest science and nature writing.
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Reviews The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010
- I love the Best American series. Wonderful way to sample some of the periodicals I don't normally read and makes super "before bed" reading when you don't want an exciting book to keep you up half the night. I never fail to learn something new, and usually something important.
- An excellent book in an excellent series. Reading and reviewing it now, some of the information is dated: for example, Dr. Dyson cheerily states that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leads to increased growth in plants, and the latest data in 2015 indicate that any benefit from more CO2 is offset and then some by additional heat, drying, and the spread of pests.Still, it's a wide-ranging book with selections from some great writers on subjec...
- Dyson's heterodox climate views probably play a role in the selections here -- they certainly do in his introduction -- and some one his other choices are also, shall we say, eccentric. He bemoans that there are only two sections of science (one on astronomy; one on neuroscience) compared to four on nature writing. This requires a bizarrely expansive definition of "nature," though, encompassing everything from Felix Salmon's piece on the use of G...
- A condensation of gems.Let someone else sift wheat from chaff and you garnish the benefits. What’s fun about this book is that from many articles, the best are compiled for easy access. In this case, 28 are selected from 122 options. Years of research can be boiled down to a single stunning realization. What is well known in narrow fields of study are revealed here for the rest of us. And it’s those little morsels we carry around. Timothy Fer...
- As with any collection of items, some of these were more up my alley than others. Specifically the ones focusing on astronomy and neuroscience, which were more "science" than "nature," but I also found most of the evolutionary biology items interesting.As far as the articles on climate change, I favored the ones that offered nontraditional or surprising solutions to the emissions problem.A few of the articles I found... well not necessarily borin...
- I have read 2006, 2007, and 2008 in this series. I think Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street is the first time I ran across an article in one of them I had previously read. It is about the people behind the formulas which disguised the risk in mortgages from decision makers.Most articles were "meh". Some were oddly contradictory? It feels like there were not as many good stories in this edition.
- took way longer than previous volumes to finish ... some of the stories just didn't grab me, also heard some things about Freeman Dyson that made me wonder if our worldviews are compatible.faves: The Monkey and the Fish - Philip Gourevitch, Hearth Surgery - Burkhard Bilger, Darwin's First Clues - David Quammen, All You Can Eat - Jim Carrier, The Sixth Extinction? - Elizabeth Kolbert note: gift from Alice and Bennett, inscribed "to the ever-loving...
- I am not so sure about Freeman Dyson anymore! I used to think "Dyson Sphere"!! But reading the intro made me kind of sad.And then the last section of the book, "The Environment: Big Blessings"... totally made me cringe. *sighs* well, I always love to read about science, and I will definitely continue with this series. But this is not a good one.
- Gobbled up the essays on biodiversity: the purpose driven life and the monkey and the fish - nom, nom, nom. My environmental science students will be reading "All you can eat", even if it makes them never eat another shrimp. And I'll most likely cite from Quammen next time through evolution.
- Excellent articles on a number of scientific interest. I thought the articles on climate change and clean energy provided a current snap shot of efforts in place like China and India to address these issues.
- A great compilation of magazine writing, covering a wide range of science, technology and natural science topics. Very enjoyable, very insightful, very easy to read. I highly recommend it. You'll finish it a smarter person than you were when you started it.
- This one had some not-so-great essays and was more biology & environmental science focused than I would prefer. I really loved the last three essays though (about building better stoves for the developing world, China's investments in clean energy, and various energy issues in India).
- Great as I've come to expect from this series. A great way way to find new authors and a large mix of ideas distilled through 2 gate keepers to get to "the best.".
- Love this series, a treat at the end of every year.
- If you think you know anything about anything, this series of books is a wonderful reminder that you don't.
- Not my favorite of the Best American Science and Nature books, but it was alright. I was never bored, and that's something. Guess I learned a bit, too.
- I enjoyed many of the ideas and perspectives in this book - though it was a bit of a downer.
- Freeman Dyson wouldn't steer you wrong
- I love to read a book that makes me go look up words.
- Usual mix of stunners and sleepers.
- Faves:Tom Wolfe: "One Giant Leap to Nowhere"Jim Carrier: "All You Can Eat"Otherwise, solid writing, as always, but I wanted more science, less nature.
- Finally got around to reading this and wish I would have read it sooner. If you like science, nature and excellent writing this is a must read.
- This book includes many great articles that demonstrate how scientist view and address problems in our world.
- some really great articles. I loved the one about the sixth extinction.
- The first 1/2 of the book is great, then becomes o.k., and the last few articles are meh-so-so.
- 3.5/4Too much nature, not enough science.
- Interesting, but what was said about psychology and Tversky and Kahneman's contribution to psychology made me doubt the trustworthiness of the other contributions.