11 October 2013

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013

Summary from Goodreads:
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, a leading cancer physician and researcher, selects the year’s top science and nature writing from journalists who dive into their fields with curiosity and passion, delivering must-read articles from a wide array of fields.

I loved Siddhartha Mukherjee's book The Emperor of All Maladies and was thrilled to see that he was the 2013 guest editor for The Best American Science and Nature Writing.  A good collectionon the whole. I would have liked more "science-y" articles particularly since Mukherjee made a point in his Introduction of saying that he looked for articles that explained the technicality of science.  It felt very pop-sci to me. For example, I couldn't quite get a take on the essay about shipping Russian iron ore to China via the Arctic and the Bering Strait - sort of about global warming and globalization, but then not very science oriented either.

There is an excellent essay by Jerome Groopman on new advances in cancer treatment with immune therapy and David Quammen has a chapter from Spillover in here as an essay from PopSci.

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