LARB’s Best: Science

LARB’s Best: Science

The following selections represent both stellar writing and a diversity of opinions on how science traffics in truth, and in complicity and fraud. They show why “trusting the science” is complicated, even as science is our best hope for confronting our biases and looming catastrophes. They take on AI and data dreams; human hubris and global warming; pandemic medicine; evolution wars; and the metaphors embedded in how we understand the brain. They are but a small sampling of LARB’s finest science pieces. Some of these essays and reviews have been translated into multiple languages, and one, by Patrick House, appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing (we urge you to read his equally compelling “There’s Something About These Dolphins”). Others have served as touchstones of various sorts, becoming ground zero for subsequent discussions. Yet others are quite simply examples of how this form of writing has turned LARB’s Science section into a leader of the genre. Special thanks to my colleague Julien Crockett for his help in making some of them happen.

— Michele Pridmore-Brown


 




 

This digest is part of our year-round celebration of our 10th anniversary. To celebrate with us, please visit our anniversary page!