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Science at the Extreme

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Science at the Extreme

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Peter Lane Taylor
Science and Technology, Nonfiction, Nature

We gave it a B+

Author-photographer Peter Lane Taylor takes the hip concept of ”extreme” one step beyond in-your-face sports, profiling a special breed of scientist in Science at the Extreme: These guys ”don’t wear lab coats…or hover over test tubes and formulas.” Instead, they risk their lives in the burgeoning field of restoration science, cleaning up the messes humans have made around the world. His subjects include a crocodile biologist devoted to bringing the black caiman of the Brazilian Amazon back from the brink of extinction, a handful of unusual pilots teaching swans to reuse old paths of migration, and microbiologists braving hydrogen sulfide poisoning to study the biodiversity of caves. Gamely tagging along — whether clambering about on canopies of giant redwoods or descending more than 100 meters into a glacier — Taylor makes these outrageous expeditions breathtakingly vivid. B+