A Passion for This Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists by Alan Weisman, Richard Mabey, Rick Bass, Helen Caldicott,

By Alan Weisman, Richard Mabey, Rick Bass, Helen Caldicott, Michelle Benjamin

David Suzuki's lifelong paintings as an environmentalist, naturalist, and scientist have inspired numerous others of their struggle to save lots of the planet, 20 such devotees of them have contributed to this inspiring assortment. those newshounds, scientists, writers and environmentalists have taken their enthusiasm for Suzuki's philosophy and funneled it into their very own own reminiscences, manifestos, and essays: Rick Bass describes his love for the Yaak Valley in Montana; Richard Mabey takes readers to a moonlit may possibly night in Suffolk; David Helvarg tells united states of america stirring beach reminiscence from his adolescence. it doesn't matter what trip those writers take us on, the unifying topic in their paintings is usually an analogous: a deep and abiding love of nature — encouraged and shared through David Suzuki.

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Different moods were created by the tawdry humour of the opening piece, Judgement of Paris, and the Getting physical: dancers of the Rambert Dance Company. heart-rending emotion of Dark think, he shied away from specifically repre- Elegies. However, the maturity of these pieces, senting relativity in the piece, alluding only in choreographed by Anthony Tudor in the the title to that theory’s central tenet of a con- 1930s, perhaps highlighted a few rough edges stant speed of light. Brownian motion, on the in Constant Speed.

But even at this stage the approach will have an impact on synthetic organic chemistry in the laboratory, and possibly on larger scales, and will also influence thinking about chemical reactivity in heterogeneous aqueous media. It brings biochemistry and organic chemistry closer together in the beneficial use of water as the reaction medium. ■ Jaap E. Klijn and Jan B. F. N. Engberts are in the Physical Organic Chemistry Unit, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands.

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