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Dan Ariely , Tim Folger
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Oct. 2 2012 0547799535 978-0547799537 1
The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

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Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational, is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.

TIM FOLGER is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Aug. 18 2013
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Love the entire series - the best summaries of excellent and relevant scientific topics. Snippets of fascinating activity into the wondrous world of science and nature!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection, really enjoyed this collection Jan. 4 2013
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As a third year psychology student I found this year's selection to be completely to my liking. The articles in the collection move from the micro to the macro, and cover topics from how bacteria in your gut affect your health (the human microbiome project) to how the our cities have been changing over the past centuries.

As can be expected each of the articles is very well written and completely engaging. They come from sources like the National Geographic, Science, Nature, and Wired. Most of the authors are journalists, although there are a couple of authors who are professional scientists.

The emphasis of the articles is on the social sciences-- there's nothing at all on recent physics discoveries. If you have an interest in the social sciences, and enjoy Dan Ariely's work then you'll find this selection to your pleasing. There's enough variability in the articles that you'll probably learn something new too-- I know I've certainly been learning a lot.

In sum, I'd say that it's an inspiring collection of articles. The editor did a great job, and I will continue to read the series in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, narrow scope Dec 2 2012
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Unlike previous versions, this compilation does not contain any pieces on physics, astronomy, or mathematics. If that doesn't bother you, go for it. If it does, read through the table of contents before purchasing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading Nov. 29 2012
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I buy these every year, along with the "Best Science Writing" one from a competing publisher. Strangely, they rarely duplicate each other. With this series you also get Nature ( think ecology and environmentalism) articles. As I prefer not to be lectured when I am reading for pleasure, I somewhat prefer the other series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You are mostly not you. Oct. 16 2012
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I was hooked from that line forward! Fellow readers, please don't be afraid of reading about science and nature; these are neither learned disertations nor stuffy academic folderol. These are essays--thinking on paper--written as much for the writer as for the reader, and, by the way, as the reader, you have the right and resposibility to rebut the authors' points of view, if you find them in error. Read these essays and be not afraid when you hear a grinding of gears and the faint smell of burning rubber as your brain starts up and begins to cogitate, percolate and burst forth with ideas and thoughts un-thunk before. Let these essays be your impetus. I wish you happy reading and wonder-filled thoughts!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than You Might Think From All These Other Reviews Feb. 13 2013
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I have to say I think many of these other reviews are unkind to this book. There is a subtle intelligence to it that unfolds as you read the articles. Certainly, this is not hard-core science and it is aimed at general readers with a literary non-fiction approach. I found it generally interesting and informative; some articles were genuinely excellent and the whole hung together in a way that other volumes in the series have not attempted as far as I recall. Any intelligent person should be able to get something useful out of it.
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