Thursday, September 04, 2008

Richard Preston: Panic in Level 4

Richard Preston: Panic in Level 4
Science Friday (NPR)

Author Richard Preston is known for his New Yorker profiles of science and scientists, and for best-selling science books including The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer, and The Wild Trees. He's also the only person who isn't a medical doctor ever to receive the Centers for Disease Control's Champion of Prevention Award for public health. In this segment, Ira talks with Richard Preston about his craft, and about the stories and people he has covered over the years. Richard Preston also talks about his experience writing about people with Lesch-Nyhan syndrome--a rare inherited disease that causes neurological problems.

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M. D. Vaden of Oregon said...

Visiting the Grove of Titans taught me something about the way Preston writes.

Read The Wild Trees?

The trees:

Titan Redwood Photos

Same trees.

Recall that only a "handful" of botanists know of the trees? What if several thousand people have been through the groves, and more knowing the locations than the botanists themselves?

Only a portion of those who have been there realize the identity, but the botanists are the minority.

Then the question remains: "how much of the rest of the book was stretched?"

There is a lot of facts - no doubt. But where does the fact end, and the story begin in some spots?


M. D. Vaden

Thivai Abhor said...

M.D. Vaden,

Great pictures, I have seen some of these trees and have long tried to get people aware of their importance and grandeur.

What exactly are you trying to say about Preston's writing? You seem to be somewhat vague, can you just comeout and say it?