“Undeniably exquisite . . . Reveal[s] not only how science actually happens but also who or what propels its immutable humanity.” —Maria Popova
 
“An excellent introduction to the key issues in science today.” —P. D. Smith, Guardian
 
“[A] stellar compendium . . . Delightful to read.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


A renowned scientist and the best-selling author of Lab Girl, Hope Jahren selects the year’s top science and nature writing from writers who balance research with humanity and in the process uncover riveting stories of discovery across disciplines.

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  1. Angie Boyter

    Neurogastronomy, gravity waves, and the Amateur Cloud Society For seventeen years the Best American Science and Nature writing series has enthralled readers like me with an annual anthology of articles chosen from magazines the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and National Geographic, with an occasional article that would be accessible to a general reader from more technical publications like Science. This year’s volume has a significant representation of less well-known publications also, such as Curbed, Hazlitt, and Mosaic…

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    A MUST read! I have to tell you to get this book and read David Epstein’s astounding article, The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene. It is so riveting, so unbelievable, that I got goose bumps while reading it and even just thinking about it after I put the book down. An ordinary (NOT!) woman with a rare disease maximizes the internet, makes scientific history, saves the life of an Olympic athlete, and changes the course of scientific research into a genetic mutation. It’s an amazing…

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