Stephen Pincock (ed.): The Best Australian Science Writing 2011

Rolling gonads

Rosaleen Love


The Best Australian Science Writing 2011
edited by Stephen Pincock
New South, $29.95 pb, 222 pp, 9781742233000


It is a brave editor who compiles a paper-based anthology of science writing in the age of the Internet. Electronic publishing allows the skilful juxtaposition of text and image, with the added value of links that lead the viewer to instantly available extra information. With Stephen Pincock’s print anthology The Best Australian Science Writing 2011, I am nostalgically transported to the nineteenth century, where Charles Darwin and Thomas Huxley brought their science to the people in discursive essay form.

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Rosaleen Love

Over the past forty years, Rosaleen Love has published on Australian science and society, both in non-fiction, and in fiction. Her most recent books are Reefscape: Reflections on the Great Barrier Reef (2000), and The Traveling Tide (2005). She has commissioned book reviews for The Age, and for the journal Metascience.

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Published in November 2011 no. 336

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