By Edward O. Wilson [ed]
Either the distress and the majesty of contemporary publishing, it seems
to me, are equivalent justifications for anthologies like this one. Simply
put, there's extra solid writing available in the market than ever earlier than, and it is
harder and more durable to discover it. And if that is precise for journalism of all kinds,
it's doubly actual for technological know-how and nature writing. The optimal journals and
magazines within the box — Nature, technology, cellphone, and so on —
have by no means been nice assets for literary journalism, nor
are they intended to be. in its place, the easiest essays and articles are scattered
among a bewildering array of literary and normal interest
magazines. Edward Wilson and that i had a couple of strict standards in assembling
this quantity: no fiction, poetry, prose poems, ebook chapters
(unless released as stand-alone articles) , or performs; in simple terms nonfiction
published within the final calendar yr. yet that also left hundreds of thousands of issues
and articles to sift and type. [...]
As it's possible you'll count on — or perhaps wish — from a publication visitor edited
by Edward Wilson, this year's choices lean a little toward
the traditional sciences. Geology, physics, arithmetic, and chemistry
are all represented, yet they're surrounded on either side by means of crocodiles,
harpy eagles, nice apes, and a number of alternative creatures microand
macroscopic. the outcome, i feel, is a vindication of an oft-maligned
field and a hopeful glimpse of its future.
[From the Preface by way of BURKHARD BlLGER]
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The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2001 by Edward O. Wilson [ed]