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The Best Science Writing Online 2012 (Open Laboratory) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Ouellette

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"A collection of solid science writing celebrating a diversity of topics, writer credentials and styles. Proof that science writing online is healthy and growing. For naive surfers, an anthology like this will help separate the wheat from the chaff."--"Kirkus"

Praise for previous editions:

"[C]onsistently picks the best of the best blogs. Read it." --Ivan Oransky, MD, Executive Editor, "Reuters Health" and Blogger, "Embargo Watch" and "Retraction Watch"

"This is the best of the science blogosphere 2010, selected by experts, and features something for anyone and everyone curious about the natural world." --Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of "The Science of Kissing" and "Discover"'s "The Intersection" blog

"Some of the smartest, best informed, and--yes--most entertaining writing about science today can be found in the vibrant community of science bloggers. Each year [the] series performs an invaluable service by pulling together some of the highlights--proof that the best blog posts can and should be savored long after they've scrolled off the bottom of the screen." --Scott Rosenberg, author of "Say Everything" and "Dreaming in Code", and co-founder of

"In each post I found honesty, passion, imagination, curiosity and creativity shining through in a way that the disinterested 'article mill' of traditional journalism is rarely able to match." --Al Dove, scientist and blogger

"A fun, enlightening read that's bound to have a little something for everybody who loves science." --Maggie Koerth-Baker, "If you are overwhelmed by the surge in science-related blogging and don't know where to start, then this compilation may help you steer a course through the sea of perspectives on offer--or inspire you to start a blog yourself." --"Nature
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Showcasing more than fifty of the most provocative, original, and significant online essays from 2011, The Best Science Writing Online 2012 will change the way we think about science— from fluids to fungi, poisons to pirates. Featuring noted authors and journalists as well as the brightest up-and-comers writing today, this collection provides a comprehensive look at the fascinating, innovative, and trailblazing scientific achievements and breakthroughs of 2011, along with elegant and thoughtprovoking new takes on favorite topics. This is the sixth anthology of online essays edited by Bora Zivkovic, the blogs editor at Scientific American, and with each new edition, Zivkovic expands his fan base and creates a surge of excitement about upcoming compilations. Now everyone's favorite collection will reach new horizons and even more readers. Guest-edited and with an introduction by the renowned science author and blogger Jennifer Ouellette, The Best Science Writing Online 2012 marries cutting-edge science with dynamic writing that will inspire us all.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3190 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 353 Seiten
  • Verlag: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux (18. September 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007XSND3I
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Collection of Science Writing Online 2012 18. September 2012
Von John Kwok - Veröffentlicht auf
The scientific blogosphere has died. The scientific blogosphere lives. "The Best Science Writing Online 2012 (Open Laboratory)" is an amazing, quite eclectic, collection of science writing, covering everything from our current understanding of genomic data in molecular biology, to the intricacies of human behavior, and even the likelihood that there are some elementary particles in physics capable of exceeding the speed of light. Series editor Bora Zivkovic, Scientific American's blog editor, and editor Jennifer Ouellette have done a masterful job, along with their assorted collaborators, in sifting through some of the best science writing that's available now on the scientific blogosphere, from new bloggers to notable ones like P Z Myers, Chad Orzel and Brian Switek and highly regarded science journalists John Rennie (former Scientific American publisher), Carl Zimmer and Ed Yong. There's a fine introductory essay on the current state of the scientific blogosphere from Jennifer Ouellette, who notes that reports of its demise are quite premature to say the least. Former vertebrate paleontologist - now science writer and blogger - Brian Switek - well known for his Laelaps blog and his book "Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record and Our Place in Nature" - delves through fact and mythology regarding the Dodo, the "poster child of extinction", in a memorable essay ("The Dodo is Dead, Long Live The Dodo!") possessed of superb literary quality comparable with anything written by Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould. In an emotionally riveting, quite powerful, condemnation of the Nazi-like indoctrination of young school children on the "truth" of creationism by Answers in Genesis creationist Ken Ham, noted New Atheist advocate and biologist P Z Myers writes a latter day "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" letter addressed to "Dear Emma B", explaining the wonders of science to the brainwashed Emma B in a surprisingly quite respectful tone that is one of the finest examples of blogging posted by Myers at his Pharyngula blog. Physicist Chad Orzel, like Myers, a well-known science blogger, discusses the faster than light neutrinos experiments conducted at CERN ("Faster Than A Speeding Photon"). Devoted fans of well-known bloggers like Myers and Orzel, and science journalists Rennie and Zimmer, will find this volume worthy of attention, and so, too, I predict, will many others who value superb science writing, regardless of its source.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A book about science blogs 20. Oktober 2012
Von C. M. Stahl - Veröffentlicht auf
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The Best Science Writing Online 2012 edited by Bora Zivkovic and Jennifer Ouellette. New York, Scientific American/FSG, 2012 328 pp. ISBN: 978-0-374-53334-2

Any compilation of independent stories is going to have some unevenness in terms of style and substance. Except this one. In this case the editors deserve kudus for extracting such a high level of writing. The individual authors likewise merit praise for their own writing. Out of the fifty one articles there was not a lousy one amongst them.

Fortunately for the reader not one of the articles was written by Malcolm Gladwell or Oliver Sachs. These were written for the most part writing for smallish audiences. There are a few bigger names including Carl Zimmer, Ann Finkbeiner or PZ Myers but most were authors that were not recognizable to me...until now.
The book has an interesting history. It was born out of an effort to gather blogs, review and select the best ones and publish a book of them. In a time when there are ever advancing technologies used in place of simple paper books that one opens and holds on their lap while they read downloaded books, this effort is the reverse. It takes the blogosphere to print. It is the sixth time they have done it and the first time I was aware of it. Of course my recognition of it came from reading a blog.

Most anyone who is reading this recognizes that the internet is loaded with lies, folklore and nonsense. They also realize that it can be a very fruitful place to get information. There is a lot of personal time spent on this computer searching for information and the results are typically science pages that link to blogs. Blogs link to other blogs and so on it goes.

Recently I went to Google to find out about Oxbow Lake in Maryland. I had never heard of it but birders are referring to it regularly. In my internet searches I found a little valuable information as well as a site for ardent believers that Bigfoot resides there. While that was interesting reading it reminded me of the foolishness that can exist on the web. It also reminded me that the efforts such as the one these editors and bloggers provided some really fine work.

An avid reader of science blogs this is an indispensable book. There are 51 articles referencing the blogs as well as others. As a resource tool it is great. The editors did what good editors ought to do and that is to make their selections of the best science writing from as many fields as possible and from as many perspectives.

Blogs typically lack the sometimes strident and always conforming style of professional papers. They are not peer reviewed. In the case of this compilation they are very informative. There are a lot of chuckles to be had and a lot of new things to learn; a lot of new things to research; a lot of new blog sites to explore.
The reader can learn about all sorts of different studies that are occurring and where. They can learn about up and coming minds that are to fill the world with many new findings and many more new question. They can do it while riding the train to work as I did. It is hard to find a more delightful compendium and to know that there are five more of them that I only recently discovered and will have to test. So kudus to all those that made The Best Science Writing Online 2012 occur.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best nonfiction I've read this year! 5. Dezember 2012
Von K from Baltimore - Veröffentlicht auf
Excellent collection of the works of great minds, selected carefully.
Vast collection of amazing topics distilled and digested so a layperson can understand it.
One gets quite a bit of cerebral euphoria reading these pieces... like cocaine in print form. Addictive.
Cannot wait for 2013.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Start here to develop an interest in science. 4. November 2013
Von A. Corbin - Veröffentlicht auf
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The best & most interesting writing on science. Most stories are written for anyone with an interest in science or scientific methodology.
4.0 von 5 Sternen I like science so I can overlook some of the lesser pieces 6. März 2013
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On the whole, it's not the best writing I've come across. I know the editor that's why I chose the book. The quality of the research and the prose is uneven. The styles are higgly-piggly. As a light read, it's ok. Maybe I'll try to read the next story, and if I don't like it, I'll jump quickly to the next one and not feel bad. The e-reader doesn't make it easy for me to jump to the next chapter/story, maybe that's why I'm frustrated with the book. When I don't like a story or the writing, it's not easy enough to jump to the next story without a lot of button pushing and scrolling and what not, so the rest of the book remains unread.
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