The Best American Science Writing 2011 by Rebecca Skloot

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The 2011 edition of the popular annual series that Kirkus Reviews hailed as “superb brain candy,” Best American Science Writing 2011 continues the tradition of gathering the most crucial, thought-provoking and engaging science writing of the year together into one extraordinary volume. Edited by Rebecca Skloot, award-winning science writer, contributing editor for Popular Science magazine, and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, along with her father, Floyd Skloot, multiple award-winning non-fiction writer and poet, and past contributor to the series, Best American Science Writing 2011 sheds brilliant light on the most amazing and confounding scientific issues and achievements of our time.
 

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Rebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Her debut book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, became an instant New York Times bestseller. It was chosen as a best book of 2010 by more than sixty major media outlets, and is being adapted into an HBO film by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball. Floyd Skloot is a writer of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. He has received three Pushcart Prizes and a PEN USA Literary Award, among other honors. He is the author of seventeen books, and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Beverly Hallberg.
 
Published October 20, 2011 by Ecco. 352 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Articles on medicine and the biological sciences make up the bulk of the contents, but this year’s edition contains expanded coverage of the physical sciences, from a good-humored discussion of crackpot theories in physics to a meditation on how the mathematical relationships of quantum theory ma...

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Mother Jones environmental correspondent Julia Whitty examines the potential ecological consequences of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, and Cynthia Gorney provides a highly personal account of the options facing women suffering severe menopausal symptoms who weigh the benefits of using an estrogen patch...

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A diverse collection of 20 articles reprinted from the popular press that tackle a wide range of scientific issues of the day, from health and aging to computer viruses and terrorism.

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Publishers Weekly

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As guest editors, father (Cream of Kohlrabi) and daughter (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) Skloot adhered to a wide definition of science when choosing these 21 previously published pieces. To

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“Earth on Fire” by Kristin Ohlson: Underground coal fires are more common than you would expect, while the science less well funded than you would expect.“A Deadly Misdiagnosis” by Michael Specter: Fighting tuberculosis in the impoverished health care system of India.“The Enemy Within” by Mark Bo...

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The writing is engaging and perfectly suited to readers of any interest level, and with stories spanning the spectrum from the lighthearted (science predicts the longest home run that will ever be hit) to the heartstring-tugging (the increased study of the connection between animal cruelty and ot...

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