by Sukey HowardOctober, 2000
Science at its bestBest of series are booming and blooming. Maybe they've been spurred on by the advent of the new millennium; maybe publishers have figured out that good audiences get better when offered the best. Whatever, I'm delighted that a fascinating "best" has finally made an audio appearance The Best American Science Writing 2000 edited by James Gleick, with 11 unabridged essays by some of the finest thinkers and writers in their fields. It's an extraordinary treat to be entertained and to learn at the same time. And that's what happens here as you listen to these estimable scientists and professional journalists who make the complex, creative world of cutting-edge science accessible, involving, and exciting for an interested "dummy." Selections include Natalie Angier on the importance of cavewoman couture, Atul Gawande on doctors who make mistakes, Oliver Sachs on his childhood passion for numbers and chemistry, Susan McCarthy on the evolution of evolutionary psychology, Douglas R. Hofstader on analogy as the core of cognition, and more.