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↠´ Read ↠´ The Best American Science Writing 2006 by Atul Gawande Å Twenty one essays about science each essay on a completely different subject Some of the subjects are quite surprising There is an essay about a chess playing computer, a cochlear implant to help a deaf person to hear music, the physics of time travel, a claim that the so called obesity epidemic isn t real, the problems that may occur if longevity is extended further, the subtle influence of racism on anthropology, belief in religion as a consequence of innate dualism, and an essay that won t be boring but will nevertheless force you to yawn In one essay, you can vicariously experience the incredible feeling of climbing 350 feet into a giant redwood canopy where your biggest fear might not be of falling, but of getting lost You can learn why other species of trees don t survive in a redwood forest and the reason is It s popular science writing to be sure if you peruse the New York Times or Scientific American regularly then you may have already seen some of these articles.
The range is nice, one subject that was completely new to me was the value of autopsies in medical diagnosis Despite all the new scanning technologies, the best way to really know the cause of death is still to cut people up it s not done nearly as often as it was 40 years but it s still very useful for finding diagnostic errors and understanding the causes of our mortality That s the argument added to this is a graphic description of an actual autopsy that made me stop and ponder the slim margin of an error separating an active life from a de animated corpse.
I read this book because I wanted to see what kinds of stories my favorite person in the world Atul Gawande liked to read The answer is ones that are worse than the ones he writes There were some good gems in here, namely the ones about literary Darwinism, yawning and the bionic ear and Bolero, but mostly underreported think pieces that, frankly, pale in comparison to Gawande s own work.
One of the best of its kindAll the Best American books are good because they are collections of the best writing, usually magazine writing, done in the year indicated The series titles include Best American Science Writing, Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Essays, Best American Sports Writing, Best American Short Stories, even Best American Sex Writing The essay choices are up to the person always an illustrious figure, an expert who edits each volume For the year 2006 we have Dr Atul Gawande, a famous surgeon and author of Complications A Surgeon s Notes on an Imperfect Science 2002 Previous editors of the BestScience series have been James Gleick 2000 , Timothy Ferris 2001 , Matt Ridley 2002 , Oliver Sacks 2003 , Dava Sobel 2004 , and Alan Lightman 2005.
I have read all or part of the entire series beginning in 2000, and while every collection has bee Twenty one essays about science each essay on a completely different subject Some of the subjects are quite surprising There is an essay about a chess playing computer, a cochlear implant to help a deaf person to hear music, the physics of time travel, a claim that the so called obesity epidemic isn t real, the problems that may occur if longevity is extended further, the subtle influence of racism on anthropology, belief in religion as a consequence of innate dualism, and an essay that won t be boring but will nevertheless force you to yawn In one essay, you can vicariously experience the incredible feeling of climbing 350 feet into a giant redwood canopy where your biggest fear might not be of falling, but of getting lost You can learn why other species of trees don t survive in a redwood forest and the reason is It s popular science writing to be sure if you peruse the New York Times or Scientific American regularly then you may have already seen some of these articles.
The range is nice, one subject that was completely new to me was the value of autopsies in medical diagnosis Despite all the new scanning technologies, the best way to really know the cause of death is still to cut people up it s not done nearly as often as it was 40 years but it s still very useful for finding diagnostic errors and understanding the causes of our mortality That s the argument added to this is a graphic description of an actual autopsy that made me stop and ponder the slim margin of an error separating an active life from a de animated corpse.
I read this book because I wanted to see what kinds of stories my favorite person in the world Atul Gawande liked to read The answer is ones that are worse than the ones he writes There were some good gems in here, namely the ones about literary Darwinism, yawning and the bionic ear and Bolero, but mostly underreported think pieces that, frankly, pale in comparison to Gawande s own work.
One of the best of its kindAll the Best American books are good because they are collections of the best writing, usually magazine writing, done in the year indicated The series titles include Best American Science Writing, Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Essays, Best American Sports Writing, Best American Short Stories, even Best American Sex Writing The essay choices are up to the person always an illustrious figure, an expert who edits each volume For the year 2006 we have Dr Atul Gawande, a famous surgeon and author of Complications A Surgeon s Notes on an Imperfect Science 2002 Previous editors of the BestScience series have been James Gleick 2000 , Timothy Ferris 2001 , Matt Ridley 2002 , Oliver Sacks 2003 , Dava Sobel 2004 , and Alan Lightman 2005.
I have read all or part of the entire series beginning in 2000, and while every collection has bee The book did not disappoint Every single one of the articles was entertaining and thought provoking Your Move by Tom Mueller was about a computer program that plays chess, that often uses strategies that surprise even its programmers Alan Weisman s article entitled Earth Without People reminds one of how fleeting human existence is in the grand scheme of things, and how quickly it could be erased W Wyatt Gibbs provides a much needed counter point to the obesity epidemic that many claim is sweeping the nation with his article Obesity An Epic Overblown Neil Swidey examines the nature versus nurture argument in regards to homosexuality in his article, What Makes People Gay Though it seems natural for me to assume that homosexuali Really cool concept I happened to pick up this edition at a used book sale My favorite essays My Bionic Quest for Bol ro Follows someone who lost their hearing and their ability to appreciate their favorite piece of music, then slowly gained it back as they moved to better and better hearing aids The Curse of Akkad Explores the possible role of climate change e.
g drought in the fall of ancient civilizations The Coming Death Shortage Speculates on possible consequences for society as life expectancy continues to increase Mighty White of You Discusses controversial evidence of Europeans who possibly reached the Americas before anyone crossed Beringea evidence mostly gathered by white people.
Together These Twenty One Articles On A Wide Range Of Today S Most Leading Topics In Science, From Dennis Overbye, Jonathan Weiner, And Richard Preston, Among Others, Represent The Full Spectrum Of Scientific Inquiry, Proving Once Again That Good Science Writing Is Evidently Plentiful American Scientist A analogy with many strong ideas, yet quite boring for the best American science writing But science isn t that interesting anyways Some of the ideas are quite appealing to me such as what life would be like if humans did not exist, or what makes people gay, etc Many of the ideas are very controversial I may not be very religious, but the heading, Is God an Accident just struck me hard Interesting, yet maybe offensive The writers talk about their beliefs and ideas from their own experiences It is interesting to hear their biases I, myself had many ideas about these topics But I still can t help for start falling asleep every morning in the subway as i open the book Preferably for people who enjoys science.
I love this series of essay collections, and buy them every year I prefer them to the similar Best Science and Nature Writing series, which organizes the essays in alphabetical order by the author s name, while this one, in the volumes I ve read, actually organize by subject matter so that one essay flows nicely into the next.
I even ended up buying two separate books based on essays collected here A World Without People, by Allan Wiseman, became the best seller The World Without Us, and the essay by Elizabeth Kolbert part of a trilogy of essays that I had previously read in The New Yorker became Field Notes From a Catastrophe.
Ended up being kind of a mixed bag The essays towards the beginning are a bit less compelling than the rest of the book Two essays stood out from the others Paul Bloom s examination of the cognitive roots of religion, and Jack Hitt s essay on the controversy over who can claim to be real native americans Close behind was The Coming Death Shortage by Charles C Mann But only a couple essays got skipped over because it wasn t really interesting in the subject matter appropriately, an essay on yawning Pretty good overall, and I ll hold onto it just to re read the better essays.



Really cool concept I happened to pick up this edition at a used book sale My favorite essays My Bionic Quest for Bol ro Follows someone who lost their hearing and their ability to appreciate their favorite piece of music, then slowly gained it back as they moved to better and better hearing aids The Curse of Akkad Explores the possible role of climate change e.
g drought in the fall of ancient civilizations The Coming Death Shortage Speculates on possible consequences for society as life expectancy continues to increase Mighty White of You Discusses controversial evidence of Europeans who possibly reached the Americas before anyone crossed Beringea evidence mostly gathered by white people.
The book did not disappoint Every single one of the articles was entertaining and thought provoking Your Move by Tom Mueller was about a computer program that plays chess, that often uses strategies that surprise even its programmers Alan Weisman s article entitled Earth Without People reminds one of how fleeting human existence is in the grand scheme of things, and how quickly it could be erased W Wyatt Gibbs provides a much needed counter point to the obesity epidemic that many claim is sweeping the nation with his article Obesity An Epic Overblown Neil Swidey examines the nature versus nurture argument in regards to homosexuality in his article, What Makes People Gay Though it seems natural for me to assume that homosexuali A analogy with many strong ideas, yet quite boring for the best American science writing But science isn t that interesting anyways Some of the ideas are quite appealing to me such as what life would be like if humans did not exist, or what makes people gay, etc Many of the ideas are very controversial I may not be very religious, but the heading, Is God an Accident just struck me hard Interesting, yet maybe offensive The writers talk about their beliefs and ideas from their own experiences It is interesting to hear their biases I, myself had many ideas about these topics But I still can t help for start falling asleep every morning in the subway as i open the book Preferably for people who enjoys science.
I love this series of essay collections, and buy them every year I prefer them to the similar Best Science and Nature Writing series, which organizes the essays in alphabetical order by the author s name, while this one, in the volumes I ve read, actually organize by subject matter so that one essay flows nicely into the next.
I even ended up buying two separate books based on essays collected here A World Without People, by Allan Wiseman, became the best seller The World Without Us, and the essay by Elizabeth Kolbert part of a trilogy of essays that I had previously read in The New Yorker became Field Notes From a Catastrophe.
Ended up being kind of a mixed bag The essays towards the beginning are a bit less compelling than the rest of the book Two essays stood out from the others Paul Bloom s examination of the cognitive roots of religion, and Jack Hitt s essay on the controversy over who can claim to be real native americans Close behind was The Coming Death Shortage by Charles C Mann But only a couple essays got skipped over because it wasn t really interesting in the subject matter appropriately, an essay on yawning Pretty good overall, and I ll hold onto it just to re read the better essays.

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