The Best American
science & nature writing
Freeman Dyson, renowned physicist and public intellectual, edits this year's volume of the finest science and nature writing.
Introduction by Freeman Dyson
Section A. Visions of Space
Andrew Corsello from Gentleman's Guarterly
Tom Wolfe from The New York Times.
Steven Weinberg from The New York Review of Books
Timothy Ferris from National Geographic.
Timothy Ferris from National Geographic
Section B. Neurology displacing molecular biology
Jonah Lehrer from The New Yorker
Kathleen Mcgowan. from Discover.
John Colapinto from The New Yorker
Section C. Natural beauty
Gustave Axelson from Minnesota Conservation Volunteer
Don Stap from Living Bird.
Matt Ridley from National Geographic
Tim Flannery. from The New York Review of Books.
Kenneth Brower from National Geographic
Jane Goodall from National Geographic.
David Quammen from National Geographic
Section D. The environment: Gloom and doom
Jim Carrier from Orion
Felix Salmon from Wired.
Dawn Stover from Conservation Magazine
Elizabeth Kolbert from The New Yorker.
Elizabeth Kolbert from The New Yorker
Section E. The environment: Small blessings
Robert Kunzig from National Geographic
Michael Specter from The New Yorker.
Brian Boyd from The American Scholar
Philip Gourevitch from The New Yorker.
Section F. The environment: Big blessings
Richard Manning from Onearth
Burkhard Bilger. from The New Yorker
Evan Osnos from The New Yorker
George Black from Onearth
Other Notable Science And Nature Writing of 2009
Other distinguished submissions on this topic, selected by the series editor Tim Folger.
Adam Levey from Prevention, September.
Alan Burdick from On Earth, Fall.
ALEC WILKINSON from The New Yorker, March 30.
Andrew Curry from Archaeology, May/June.
Anthony Aveni from Archaeology, November/December.
Barry Lopez from The American Scholar, Autumn.
Bill Sherwonit from Isle, Fall.
Bucky Mcmahon from Gentlemen's Quarterly, December.
Carl Zimmer from November.
Charles Bowden from Orion, November/December.
Charles Bowden from National Geographic, October.
Chris Mooney from Discover, June.
Christopher Solomon from Outside, October.
Courtney Humphries from Seedmagazine.com. April 14.
Daniel Goleman from Tricycle, Summer.
Daniel Libit from The Washington Post Magazine, April 5.
David Gargill from Harper's Magazine, December.
David Noland from Popular Mechanics, February.
David Wolman from Outside, January.
Douglas Fox from The Christian Science Monitor, December 2.
Elizabeth Kolbert from National Geographic, April.
Erin Mccarthy from Popular Mechanics, July.
Frans De Waal from Discover, October.
Gary Taubes from Discover, October.
H. Allen Orr from The New York Review of Books, March 26.
Harrison H. Schmitt from Scientific American, July.
Heather Pringle from Archaeology, January/February.
Jerome Groopman from The New Yorker, November 2.
Joel Achenbach from National Geographic, August.
John Horgan from San Francisco Panorama, December 8.
Lester R. Brown from Scientific American, May.
Liza Mundy from The Washington Post Magazine, April 26.
Marcia Angell from The New York Review of Books, January 15.
Mark Dowie from Orion, January/February.
Mark Slouka from Harper's Magazine, September.
Mckenzie Funk from National Geographic, May.
Michael J. Heckenberger from Scientific American, October.
Michael Pollan from National Geographic, September.
Natalie Angier from National Geographic, August.
Neil H. Shubin from Scientific American, January.
Oliver Broudy from Men's Health, December.
Oliver Broudy from Men's Health, July/August.
Richard Lewontin from The New York Review of Books, May 28.
Seth Lloyd from Scientific American, October.
Taras Grescoe from Best Life, May.
Tom McGrath from Men's Health, January/February.
Verlyn Klinkenborg from National Geographic, January.
Virginia Morrell from Science, August 28.
William T. Vollmann from San Francisco Panorama, December 8.