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Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times. His most recent books are Life's Edge and She Has Her Mother's Laugh, the latter named the best science book of 2018 by the Guardian. He is professor adjunct of bio-physics and biochemistry and a lecturer in English at Yale University.

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Værker af Carl Zimmer

Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea (2001) 790 eksemplarer
A Planet of Viruses (2011) 458 eksemplarer
Evolution: Making Sense of Life (2012) 51 eksemplarer
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2023 (2023) — Redaktør — 24 eksemplarer
Hypersea Invasion 1 eksemplar
First Cells 1 eksemplar
Circus Science 1 eksemplar
Perfect Gibberish 1 eksemplar
The Body Electric 1 eksemplar
Making Senses 1 eksemplar
Ruffled Feathers 1 eksemplar
Portrait in Blubber 1 eksemplar
Contact 1 eksemplar
Stardust 1 eksemplar
See How They Run 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

T. Rex and the Crater of Doom (1997) — Forord, nogle udgaver517 eksemplarer
The Oldest Living Things in the World (2014) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver190 eksemplarer
The Best American Science Writing 2008 (2008) — Bidragyder — 142 eksemplarer
The Best American Science Writing 2011 (2011) — Bidragyder — 85 eksemplarer
The Descent of Man: The Concise Edition (2007) — Redaktør — 48 eksemplarer
Cerebrum 2008: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science (2008) — Forord — 18 eksemplarer

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It's been a while since I have abandoned the star-awarding principle I first devised upon joining the Goodreads. I wanted to give the highest mark to if not a life-changing but at least to an eye-opening or mindset-shifting book. I knew some at the moment and counted on meeting more soon. However that was not a case. Such encounters are few and far between. Thus i revised my policy and started awarding 5 stars to very good books I enjoyed, but which otherwise didn't shake me to the core.

This time I'm happy to declare that in this book I met a genuine 5 star tome. My views on biology, evolution, life on Earth and its purpose are given quite a stir. I won't disclose much of book's content, but just a quick remark/guess: the author talks about parasites and domesticated animals, but he barely mentions our regular pets - cats and dogs - in this context. And not for nothing, I think...otherwise some people would have started looking at them with very, very different eyes :)… (mere)
Den85 | 34 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
An interesting exploration of the evolutionary worldview, as it was understood in 2002. It spoils itself by wasting a chapter attacking Creationism and ID.
MatthewClay | 9 andre anmeldelser | Dec 30, 2023 |
The Best American Science and Nature Writing, edited by Carl Zimmer with series editor Jaime Green, is a nice collection of writing that bridges the gap between peer-reviewed research reports and fluff, sometimes inaccurate, overviews. These dig deep but not always about the research it is highlighting, often about how it affects the world at large and, most important, the world of the reader.

I think Zimmer made two important, to me, points in his introduction. One is that some of the best science and nature writing isn't always about the science itself, but about how it affects some aspect of society (climate change affecting dog sledding is an example he mentions). The other point speaks more directly to this volume: he edited with an eye toward creating a diverse anthology that could serve as a teaching tool as well as an interesting and informative read. To that end I think this is a big success.

There are quite a few from major publications (Scientific American, The Atlantic, etc) as well as plenty from smaller or lesser-known publications. The mix is very good, showing how the science doesn't have to suffer when writing for a larger readership. I had read a few of these but revisiting them was great and speaks to the quality. My science reading is part semi-pop (Scientific American) and part review oriented (New Scientist, LabRoots, etc), so I loved getting more of how our knowledge of science can inform and hopefully influence our lives. Science is our lives, so a better understanding just makes sense.

Depending how much of this kind of writing you read regularly may be a good indicator of how you should read this book. If you read quite a bit of science and nature, you can read this as you would a normal collection of essays, a few every day. If this isn't part of your normal reading, this volume is ideal for reading an essay every couple days and letting some of the thoughts ferment a bit before moving on.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
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pomo58 | Oct 16, 2023 |
One of the most fascinating books I have read. The history of man, heredity, genetic engineering in animals, plants and humans. At times a bit technically complex beyond my understanding, but none the less interesting. Questions on ethics and what science risks with experiments and research are discussed finishing with a thought inducing wrap up for the future of our species and our planet. Loved this book.
PriscillaM | 15 andre anmeldelser | Sep 9, 2023 |



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