Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science & Nature

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Всего страниц: 350
“Lively writing about science and nature depends less on the offering of good answers, I think, than on the offering of good questions,” said David Quammen in the original introduction to Natural Acts. For more than two decades, he has stuck to that credo. In this updated version of his first essay collection, Quammen's lively curiosity leads him from New Mexico to Romania, from the Congo to the Amazon, asking questions about mosquitoes (what are their redeeming merits?), dinosaurs (how did they change the life of a dyslexic Vietnam vet?), and cloning (can it save endangered species?).This expanded edition returns to print Quammen's best-loved “Natural Acts” columns, which first appeared in Outside magazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as “Planet of Weeds,” an influential Harper's cover story. The new Natural Acts is an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work.
 

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If you'd rather have your "news of the weird" buried under a pile of forced and mixed metaphors, this is your guy. Just awful writing, the painful attempts to include literary references make it worse still. Читать весь отзыв

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This author has a style that, at his best, is a cross between Stephen J. Gould and Edward Abbey. The problem is, while the book started out very promising, with the most enjoyable writing I've read ... Читать весь отзыв

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Learning Curve 2007
5
An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles 1985
11
ALL GODS VERMIN
17
Sympathy for the Devil 1981
19
Has Success Spoiled the Crow? 1983
25
The Widow Knows 1982
30
The Troubled Gaze of the Octopus 1984
35
Avatars of the Soul in Malaya 1984
41
Loves Martyrs 1983
103
A Deathly Chill 1983
109
Is Sex Necessary? 1982
115
Desert Sanitaire 1983
121
Jeremy Bentham the Pietà and a Precious Few Grayling 1982
128
Yin and Yang in the Tularosa Basin 1985
142
AFTER THOUGHTS
157
Planet of Weeds 1998
159

Rumors of a Snake 1984
46
Wool of Bat 1982
52
PROPHETS AND PARIAHS
57
The Excavation of Jack Horner 1984
59
The Lives of Eugène Marais 1981
70
The Man with the Metal Nose 1983
77
Animal Rights and Beyond 1984
83
Alias Benowitz Shoe Repair 1983
89
The Tree People 1984
95
ELOQUENT PRACTICES NATURAL ACTS
101
The River Jumps Over the Mountain 2002
187
The PostCommunist Wolf 2000
207
The Megatransect 20002001
226
A Passion for Order 2007
277
Citizen Wiley 2006
287
Clone Your Troubles Away 2005
294
Authors Note
319
Partial Sources
321
Index
337
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