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Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature (1985)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380717387, Paperback)David Quammen is a naturalist, writer, and literary scholar who can turn from William Faulkner to theories of demographic stochasticity on a dime--or a comma. Natural Acts, a collection of Quammen's columns by the same name from Outside magazine, highlights his many interests. In its pages, he touches on Malthusian population dynamics, the mating habits of butterflies and snakes, Tycho Brahe's quest for the stars, magnolia trees, whales, and deserts--to name just a few of the matters that pass beneath his bemused gaze. This is humanely wrought science writing at its best. --Gregory McNamee
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:49 -0400)
In this updated edition 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 the redeeming merits of mosquitoes, the relationship between dinosaurs and a dyslexic Vietnam vet, and the uses of cloning. This edition has a new introduction including "Planet of Weeds" and the Megatransect series.
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