Online Index to The Best American Science and Nature Writing Series

As I'm reading through Houghton-Mifflin's wonderful series The Best American Science and Nature Writing, a yearly anthology of "the best" magazine articles about science and nature (2000-present), I'm using the opportunity to create an index of articles in each volume, most of which are also available online. Online versions often include pictures/graphs not included in the book. See also the "Key" and "Revision History" at the end of the page.

2000 (ed. David Quammen)

* Natalie Angier. "Men, Women, Sex, and Darwin", from The New York Times Magazine
* Wendell Berry. "Back to the Land", from The Amicus Journal
* Richard Conniff. "Africa's Wild Dogs", from National Geographic
* Paul De Palma. "http://www.when_is_enough_enough?.com" (title rename), (alternate pdf), (alternate), from The American Scholar
* Helen Epstein. "Something Happened" ($), (alternate), from The New York Review of Books
* Anne Fadiman. "Under Water" ($), from The New Yorker
* Atul Gawande. "The Cancer-Cluster Myth" ($), (alternate pdf), from The New Yorker
* Brian Hayes. "Clock of Ages", (alternate pdf), from The Sciences
* Edward Hoagland. "That Sense of Falling", from Preservation
* Judith Hooper. "A New Germ Theory", from The Atlantic Monthly
* Wendy Johnson. "Heavy Grace" ($), from Tricycle
* Ken Lamberton. "The Wisdom of Toads", from Puerto del Sol
* Peter Matthiessen. "The Island at the End of the Earth", from Audubon
* Cullen Murphy. "Lulu, Queen of the Camels", from The Atlantic Monthly
* Richard Preston. "The Demon in the Freezer" ($), (alternate), from The New Yorker
* Oliver Sacks. "Brilliant Light" ($), from The New Yorker
* Hampton Sides. "This is Not the Place", (alternate), from DoubleTake
* Craig B. Stanford. "Gorilla Warfare", from The Sciences
* Gary Taubes. "String Theorists Find a Rosetta Stone", (alternate $), from Science

2001 (ed. Edward O. Wilson)

* David Berlinski. "Iterations of Immortality" ($), from Harper's Magazine
* Mark Cherrington. "To Save a Watering Hole", from Discover
* Edwin Dobb. "New Life in a Death Trap", from Discover
* Gregg Easterbrook. "Abortion and Brain Waves", (alternate), from The New Republic
* Malcolm Gladwell. "Baby Steps" ($), (alternate pdf), from The New Yorker
* Jane Goodall. "In the Forests of Gombe", from Orion
* Jerome Groopman. "The Doubting Disease" ($), (alternate aka "O.C.D"), from The New Yorker
* Stephen S. Hall. "The Recycled Generation", (alternate), from The New York Times Magazine
* Bernd Heinrich. "Endurance Predator", from Outside
* Edward Hoagland. "Harpy Eagles", from Orion
* Bill Joy. "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us", from Wired
* Ted Kerasote. "A Killing at Dawn", (alternate), from Audubon
* Barbara Kingsolver and Steven Hopp. "Seeing Scarlet", (alternate), from Audubon
* Verlyn Klinkenborg. "The Best Clock in the World" blank page?, (alternate), from Discover
* Jon R. Luoma. "The Wild World's Scotland Yard" ($), from Audubon
* Cynthia Mills. "Breeding Discontent", from The Sciences
* Oliver Morton. "Ice Station Vostok", from Wired
* Val Plumwood. "Being Prey", from Utne Reader
* Sandra Postel. "Troubled Waters", (alternate pdf), from The Sciences
* Richard Preston. "The Genome Warrior" ($), (alternate), from The New Yorker
* David Quammen. "Megatransect", (see also), from National Geographic
* Donovan Webster. "Inside the Volcano", from National Geographic

2002 (ed. Natalie Angier)

* Roy Baumeister. "Violent Pride" ($), (alternate), from Scientific American
* Burkhard Bilger. "Braised Shank of Free-Range Possum?", from Outside
* K.C. Cole. "Mind Over Matter", from The Los Angeles Times
* Richard Conniff and Harry Marshall. "In the Realm of Virtual Reality" ($), from Smithsonian
* Frederick C. Crews. "Saving Us from Darwin", from The New York Review of Books
* Barbara Ehrenreich. "Welcome to Cancerland" ($), (alternate), from Harper's Magazine
* H. Bruce Franklin. "The Most Important Fish in the Sea", from Discover
* Malcolm Gladwell. "Examined Life", from The New Yorker
* Gary Greenberg. "As Good as Dead", from The New Yorker
* Gordon Grice. "Is That a Mountain Lion in Your Backyard?" blank page?, (alternate - search/scroll page for "Gordon Grice"), from Discover
* Blaine Harden. "The Dirt in the New Machine", from The New York Times Magazine
* Robert M. Hazen. "Life's Rocky Start" ($), (alternate pdf), from Scientific American
* Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. "Mothers and Others", (alternate pdf) from Natural History
* Garret Keizer. "Sound and Fury" ($), (alternate), (alternate pdf) from Harper's Magazine
* Verlyn Klinkenborg. "The Pursuit of Innocence in the Golden State", from The New York Times
* Robert Kunzig. "Ripe for Controversy" (aka "The Biology of... Cheese"), from Discover
* Anne Matthews. "Wall Street Losses, Wall Street Gains", from Orion
* Steve Mirsky. "Dumb, Dumb, Duh Dumb" ($), from Scientific American
* Judith Newman. "'I Have Seen Cancers Disappear'" blank page?, from Discover
* Dennis Overbye. "How Islam Won, and Lost, the Lead in Science", from The New York Times
* Chet Raymo. "A Little Reminder of Reality's Scale", from The Boston Globe
* Eric Schlosser. "Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good", (alternate), (see also), from The Atlantic Monthly
* Daniel Smith. "Shock and Disbelief", from The Atlantic Monthly
* Peter Stark. "The Sting of the Assassin", from Outside
* Clive Thompson. "The Know-It-All Machine", from Lingua Franca
* Joy Williams. "One Acre" ($), from Harper's Magazine
* Karen Wright. "Very Dark Energy", from Discover

2003 (ed. Richard Dawkins)

* Natalie Angier. "Weighing the Grandma Factor", from The New York Times
* Tim Appenzeller. "At Home in the Heavens", (alternate partial), from U.S. News & World Report
* Alan Burdick. "Four Ears to the Ground", (alternate), from Natural History
* Clark R. Chapman and Alan W. Harris. "A Skeptical Look at September 11th", from Skeptical Inquirer
* David Ewing Duncan. "DNA as Destiny", from Wired
* Timothy Ferris. "Astronomy's New Stars", from Smithsonian
* Ian Frazier. "Terminal Ice", from Outside
* James Gorman. "Finding a Wild, Fearsome World Beneath Every Fallen Leaf", from The New York Times
* Charles Hirshberg. "My Mother, the Scientist", (alternate), from Popular Science
* Brenden I. Koerner. "Embryo Police", from Wired
* Elizabeth Kolbert. "Ice Memory", from The New Yorker
* Andrew Lawler. "Treasure Under Saddam's Feet", from Discover
* Daniel Lazare. "False Testament" ($), (alternate), from Harper's Magazine
* Elizabeth F. Loftus. "Memory Faults and Fixes", (alternate pdf), from Issues in Science and Technology
* Charles C. Mann. "Homeland Insecurity", from The Atlantic Monthly
* Bill McKibben. "It's Easy Being Green" ($), from Mother Jones
* Steven Olson. "The Royal We", from The Atlantic Monthly
* Dennis Overbye. "A New View of Our Universe", from The New York Times
* Steven Pinker. "The Blank Slate" ($), (alternate .doc), from Discover
* Oliver Sacks. "Anybody Out There?", part II, from Natural History
* Steve Silberman. "The Fully Immersive Mind of Oliver Sacks", from Wired
* Adam Summers. "Fat Heads Sink Ships", from Natural History
* Gary Taubes. "What If It's All Been A Big Fat Lie?", from The New York Times Magazine
* Bruce Watson. "Sounding the Alarm", (alternate), from Smithsonian
* William Speed Weed. "The Very Best Telescope", from Discover
* Scott Weidensaul. "Raising the Dead", from Audubon
* Steven Weinberg. "The Truth About Missile Defense" ($), from The New York Review of Books
* Ted Williams. "Maine's War on Coyotes", from Audubon
* Edward O. Wilson. "The Bottleneck" ($), from Scientific American

2004 (ed. Steven Pinker)

* Scott Atran. "Genesis of Suicide Terrorism" ($), (alternate pdf), from Science
* Ronald Bailey. "The Battle for Your Brain", from Reason
* Phillip M. Boffey. "Fearing the Worst Should Anyone Produce a Cloned Baby", from The New York Times
* Austin Bunn. "The Bittersweet Science", from The New York Times Magazine
* Jennet Conant. "The New Celebrity", from Seed
* Daniel C. Dennett. "The Mythical Threat of Genetic Determinism" ($), (alternate), from The Chronical of Higher Education
* Gregg Easterbrook. "We're All Gonna Die!", from Wired
* Garrett G. Fagan. "Far-Out Television", from Archaeology
* Jeffrey M. Friedman. "A War on Obesity, Not the Obese" ($), (alternate abridged), from Science
* Atul Gawande. "Desperate Measures" ($), from The New Yorker
* Horace Freeland Judson. "The Stuff of Genes", from Smithsonian
* Geoffrey Nunberg. "The Bloody Crossroads of Grammar and Politics", from The New York Times
* Mike O'Connor. "Ask the Bird Folks": [1],[2],[3],[4],[5]. from The Cape Codder
* Peggy Orenstein. "Where Have All the Lisas Gone?", from The New York Times Magazine
* Virginia Postrel. "The Design of Your Life", (alternate), from Men's Journal
* Jonathan Rauch. "Caring for Your Introvert", from The Atlantic Monthly
* Chet Raymo. "All the Old Sciences Have Starring Roles", (alternate), from The Boston Globe
* Ron Rosenbaum. "Sex Week at Yale", from The Atlantic Monthly
* Steve Sailer. "The Cousin Marriage Conundrum", (alternate), from The American Conservative
* Robert Sapolsky. "Bugs in the Brain" ($), (alternate pdf), from Scientific American
* Eric Scigliano. "Through the Eye of an Octopus", from Discover
* Meredith Small. "Captivated", from Natural History
* Max Tegmark. "Parallel Universes" ($), from Scientific American
* Nicholas Wade. "In Click Languages, an Echo of the Tongues of the Ancients", from The New York Times
* Nicholas Wade. "A Prolific Genghis Khan, It Seems, Helped People the World", from The New York Times

2005 (ed. Jonathan Weiner)

*Natalie Angier. "My God Problem", from The American Scholar
*Connie Bruck. "Hollywood Science", from The New Yorker
*Frederick Crews. "Out, Damned Blot!" ($), (alternate pdf), (see also), from The New York Review of Books
*Jared Diamond. "Twilight at Easter" ($), (alternate - search on "twilight at easter"), (see also), from The New York Review of Books
*Jenny Everett. "My Little Brother on Drugs", from Popular Science
*Timothy Ferris. "Stumbling into Space", from The New York Review of Books
*Malcolm Gladwell. "Getting Over It" (alternate), from The New Yorker
*Malcolm Gladwell. "Personality Plus" ($), (alternate), from The New Yorker
*Jerome Groopman. "The Grief Industry", from The New Yorker
*John Horgan. "Keeping the Faith in My Doubt", from The New York Times
*Jennifer Kahn. "The Homeless Hacker v. The New York Times", from Wired
*Robert Kunzig. "20,000 Microbes Under The Sea", from Discover
*William Langewiesche. "A Two-Planet Species?", from The Atlantic Monthly
*Bill McKibben. "Crossing the Red Line", from The New York Review of Books
*James McManus. "Please Stand By While the Age of Miracles Is Briefly Suspended", from Esquire
*Sherwin B. Nuland. "Getting in Nature's Way", from The New York Review of Books
*Sherwin B. Nuland. "The Man or the Moment?", from The American Scholar
*Jeffrey M. O'Brien. "To Hell and Back", from Wired
*Ian Parker. "The X Prize", from The New Yorker
*Oliver Sacks. "In the River of Consciousness" ($), (alternate), from The New York Review of Books
*Michael Specter. "Miracle in a Bottle", (alternate), from The New Yorker
*Cliff Stoll. "The Curious History of the First Pocket Calculator" ($), (alternate pdf) from Scientific American
*Ellen Ullman. "Dining with Robots", from The American Scholar
*William Speed Weed. "106 Science Claims and a Truckful of Baloney", from Popular Science
*Carl Zimmer. "Whose Life Would You Save?", from Discover

2006 (ed. Brian Greene)

* Natalie Angier. "Almost Before We Spoke, We Swore", from The New York Times
* Drake Bennett. "Dr. Ecstasy", from The New York Times Magazine
* Larry Cahill. "His Brain, Her Brain" ($), from Scientific American
* Michael Chorost. "My Bionic Quest for Bolero", from Wired
* Daniel C. Dennett. "Show Me the Science", from The New York Times
* Frans B. M. De Waal. "How Animals Do Business" ($), (alternate), from Scientific American
* David Dobbs. "Buried Answers", from The New York Times Magazine
* Mark Dowie. "Conservation Refugees", from Orion
* John Hockenberry. "The Blogs of War", from Wired
* John Horgan. "The Forgotten Era of Brain Chips" ($), (alternate), from Scientific American
* Gordon Kane. "The Mysteries of Mass" ($), from Scientific American
* Kevin Krajick. "Future Shocks", from Smithsonian
* Kevin Krajick. "The Mummy Doctor" ($), from The New Yorker
* Robert Kunzig. "X-Ray Vision", from Discover
* Juan Maldacena. "The Illusion of Gravity" ($), from Scientific American
* Charles C. Mann. "The Coming Death Shortage", from The Atlantic Monthly
* Chris Mooney. "The Dover Monkey Trial", from Seed
* Dennis Overbye. "Remembrance of Things Future", from The New York Times
* Paul Raffaele. "Out of Time", from Smithsonian
* Daniel Roth. "Torrential Reign", from Fortune
* Jessica Snyder Sachs. "Are Antibiotics Killing Us?", from Discover
* Oliver Sachs. "Remembering Francis Crick" ($), from The New York Review of Books
* David Samuels. "Buried Suns" ($), from Harper's Magazine
* Josh Schollmeyer. "Lights, Camera, Armageddon", from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
* Moncef Zouali. "Taming Lupus" ($), from Scientific American

2007 (ed. Richard Preston)

*Paul Bennett. "In Rome's Basement", from National Geographic
*Susan Casey. "Plastic Ocean"site down?, (alternate), (alternate), from Best Life
*Richard Conniff. "For the Love of Lemurs", from Smithsonian
*Alison Hawthorne Deming. "The Rabbit on Mars", from Isotope
*Brian Doyle. "Fishering", from Ecotone
*Helen Fields. "Dinosaur Shocker!", from Smithsonian
*Patricia Gadsby. "Cooking for Eggheads", from Discover
*James Gleick. "Cyber-Neologoliferation", from The New York Times Magazine
*John Horgan. "The Final Frontier", from Discover
*William Langewiesche. "How To Get a Nuclear Bomb", from The Atlantic Monthly
*John Lehrer. "The Effeminate Sheep", from Seed
*Michael D. Lemonick. "Let There Be Light", from Time
*Jeffrey A. Lockwood. "The Nature of Violence", from Orion
*Lynn Margulis and Emily Case. "The Germs of Life", from Orion
*Steve Olson. "Neanderthal Man", from Smithsonian
*Michael Perry. "Health Secrets from the Morgue", from Men's Health
*Heather Pringle. "Hitler's Willing Archaeologists" ($), from Archaeology
*Jonathan Rauch. "Sex, Lies, and Video Games" (alternate), from The Atlantic Monthly
*Michael Rosenwald. "The Flu Hunter", from Smithsonian
*Bonnie J. Rough. "Notes on the Space We Take", from Ninth Letter
*Robert M. Sapolsky. "The Olfactory Lives of Primates", from The Virginia Quarterly Review
*John Seabrook. "Ruffled Feathers" ($) (alternate), from The New Yorker
*Bill Sherwonit. "In the Company of Bears", from Anchorage Press
*Michael Shnayerson. "The Rape of Appalachia", from Vanity Fair
*Meridith F. Small. "First Soldier of the Gene Wars" ($), from Archaeology
*Robert H. Socolow and Stephen W. Pacala. "A Plan to Keep Carbon in Check" ($), (alternate pdf), from Scientific America
*Neil deGrasse Tyson. "Delusions of Space Enthusiasts", (alternate), from Natural History
*Ethan Watters. "DNA Is Not Destiny", from Discover

2008 (ed. Jerome Groopman)

* John Cohen. "Zonkeys Are Pretty Much My Favorite Animal", from Outside
* John Colapinto. "The Interpreter", from The New Yorker
* Christopher J. Connselice. "The Universe's Invisible Hand" ($), (alternate), (alternate pdf) from Scientific American
* Gareth Cook. "Untangling the Mystery of the Inca", from Wired
* C. Josh Donlan. "Restoring America's Big, Wild Animals" ($), (alternate pdf), from Scientific American
* Freeman Dyson. "Our Biotech Future", from New York Review of Books
* Steve Featherstone. "The Coming Robot Army" ($), (alternate) from Harper's Magazine
* Michael Finkel. "Malaria: Stopping a Global Killer", from National Geographic
* James Geary. "The First Assassination of the Twenty-first Century", from Popular Science
* Robin Marantz Henig. "Our Silver-Coated Future", from OnEarth
* Edward Hoagland. "Children Are Diamonds", (introduction flash) from Portland
* Olivia Judson. "The Selfless Gene", from The Atlantic
* Walter Kirn. "The Autumn of the Multitaskers", from The Atlantic
* Andrew Lawler. "First Churches of the Jesus Cult" ($), from Archaeology
* Jon Mooallem. "A Curious Attraction" ($), (alternate pdf) from Harper's Magazine
* Ian Parker. "Swingers", from The New Yorker
* Todd Pitock. "Science and Islam in Conflict", from Discover
* David Quammen. "Deadly Contact", from National Geographic
* Ron Rosenbaum. "How to Trick an Online Scammer into Carving a Computer out of Wood", from The Atlantic
* Oliver Sacks. "A Bolt from the Blue" ($), (alternate pdf) from The New Yorker
* Michael Specter. "Darwin's Surprise", from The New Yorker
* Jeffrey Toobin. "The CSI Effect", from The New Yorker
* Andreas Von Bubnoff. "Numbers Can Lie", from The Los Angeles Times
* Florence Williams. "A Mighty Wind", from Outside

2009 (ed. Elizabeth Kolbert)

* Wendell Berry. "Faustian Economics" ($), (alternate pdf), from Harper's Magazine
* John Broome. "The Ethics of Climate Change" ($), (alternate pdf), from Scientific American
* Nicholas Carr. "Is Google Making Us Stupid?", from The Atlantic Monthly
* Chris Carroll. "High-Tech Trash", from National Geographic
* Andrew Curry. "Intel Inside" (title rename), from Wired
* Keay Davidson. "Blown Apart", from California
* Douglas Fox. "Did Life Begin in Ice?", from Discover
* Adam Frank. "The Day Before Genesis" (title rename), from Discover
* Atul Gawande. "The Itch", from The New Yorker
* David Grimm. "The Mushroom Cloud's Silver Lining" ($), (alternate pdf), from Science
* Stephen S. Hall. "Last of the Neanderthals", from National Geographic
* Sue Halpern. "Virtual Iraq", from The New Yorker
* Walter Isaacson. "Chain Reaction", from Discover
* Frederick Kaufman. "Wasteland" ($), (alternate pdf), from Harper's Magazine
* Virginia Morell. "Minds of Their Own", from National Geographic
* J. Madeleine Nash. "Back to the Future", from High Country News
* Michelle Nijhuis. "To Take Wildness in Hand", from Orion
* Benjamin Phelan. "How We Evolve", from Seed
* Virginia Postrel. "Pop Psychology", from The Atlantic Monthly
* David Quammen. "Contagious Cancer", from Harper's Magazine
* Joshua Roebke. "The Reality Test", from Seed
* Oliver Sacks. "Darwin and the Meaning of Flowers" ($), (alternate pdf), from The New York Review of Books
* Mark A. Smith. "Animalcules and Other Little Subjects", from Isotope
* Michael Specter. "Big Foot" ($), (alternate pdf), from The New Yorker
* Patrick Symmes. "Red Is the New Green", from Outside
* Gary Wolf. "Stayin' Alive" (title rename), from Wired

2010 (ed. Freeman Dyson)

* Andrew Corsello. "The Believer", from GQ
* Tom Wolfe. "One Giant Leap to Nowhere", from The New York Times
* Steven Weinberg. "The Missions of Astronomy" ($) (alternate), from The New York Review of Books
* Timothy Ferris. "Cosmic Vision", from National Geographic
* Timothy Ferris. "Seeking New Earths", from National Geographic
* Jonah Lehrer. "Don't!", from The New Yorker
* Kathleen McGowan. "Out of the Past" (title rename), from Discover
* John Colapinto. "Brain Games" ($), from The New Yorker
* Gustave Axelson. "The Alpha Accipiter", from Minnesota Conservation Volunteer
* Don Stap. "Flight of the Kuaka", from Living Bird
* Matt Ridley. "Modern Darwins", from National Geographic
* Tim Flannery. "The Superior Civilization" ($), (alternate), from The New York Review of Books
* Kenneth Brower. "Still Blue", from National Geographic
* Jane Goodall. "The Lazarus Effect", from Discover
* David Quammen. "Darwin's First Clues", from National Geographic
* Jim Carrier. "All You Can Eat", from Orion
* Felix Salmon. "A Formula for Disaster", from Wired
* Dawn Stover. "Not So Silent Spring", from Conservation Magazine
* Elizabeth Kolbert. "The Catastrophist" ($) (alternate), from The New Yorker
* Elizabeth Kolbert. "The Sixth Extinction?" ($), from The New Yorker
* Robert Kunzig. "Scraping Bottom", from National Geographic
* Michael Specter. "A Life of Its Own", from The New Yorker
* Brian Boyd. "Purpose-Driven Life", from The American Scholar
* Philip Gourevitch. "The Monkey and the Fish" ($) (alternate pdf), from The New Yorker
* Richard Manning. "Graze Anatomy", from OnEarth
* Burkhard Bilger. "Hearth Surgery" ($) (alternate adaption) (alternate pdf), from The New Yorker
* Evan Osnos. "Green Giant", from The New Yorker
* George Black. "India, Enlightened", from OnEarth




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Revision History

June 14, 2014 - added 2009 edition
November 27, 2013 - redid (alternate) URL's to Wayback Machine, when avail., to prevent "link rot"
January 9, 2013 - check and fix link health (35 changes, previous version)
December 10, 2012 - added 2008 edition
July 26, 2012 - added 2010 edition
September 5, 2011 - check and fix link health (21 changes, previous version)
October 9, 2010 - added 2000 edition
June 9, 2010 - added 2001 edition
February 12, 2010 - added 2003 edition
April 15, 2009 - added 2002 edition
March 21, 2009 - check and fix link health (6 changes, previous version)
Dec 13, 2008 - added 2004 edition
Sept 1, 2008 - added 2006 edition
August 2008 - begun with 2005 and 2007 editions

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