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Cathy Cobb and Harold Goldwhite

Cathy Cobb, assistant professor of chemistry at Augusta State University in Georgia, and Harold Goldwhite, a professor of chemistry at California State University, Los Angeles, have written a book that contains stories of comical or death-defying antics of famous chemists. They reveal, for example, what happened when Alfred Nobel read his own obituary in the newspaper and what prompted Michael Faraday to wash Humphrey Davy's socks.

Trent Stephens and Rock Brynner

Rock Brynner, a historian and former road manager for The Band and for Bob Dylan, and Trent Stephens, professor of anatomy and embryology at Idaho State University, teamed up to present the past and the present of the powerful drug thalidomide. They ask and answer the question, "Could a substance that killed and deformed thousands be the next miracle drug?"

Susan Shay

A typical American uses and pays for at least 10 services a month, according to Susan Shay, which are at various times intimately involved with physical, mental, financial, and social well-being. She gives information on how to assess what kinds of education, certification, licensing, and experience are required or desirable in each trade or profession.

Scott Witt

Scott Witt is a business journalist and market researcher who has filled this book with hints to aid memorization. For example, he advises quiz cards that help you when you need to learn a lot of information fast and "want all of it on the tip of your tongue ready to be used at an instant's notice."

Jon Christensen

Jon Christensen, a Carson City, Nev., freelance writer, has crisscrossed Nevada's outback as an independent environmental reporter and science writer for newspapers and magazines from the Nevada Appeal to the New York Times. This, his first book, is a series of essays about people and the land, natural history, and the role of prospects and chance in the Silver State.

Erich Hoyt

Whether you think sharks are scary or beautiful, Hoyt has a book for you. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish, and the huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep-sea vents, he describes how the bottom of the sea is inhabited not by vicious monsters but by diverse species of pale starfish and mud-eating sea cucumbers.

Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber

Rampton, associate editor, PR Watch Center for Media and Democracy, and his co-author, founder and director of the organization, have written a book with which most science writers will identify. They point out that public relations firms and corporations know well how to exploit our trust to get us to buy what they have to sell: Let us hear it from a neutral third party, like a professor or a pediatrician or a soccer mom or a watchdog group.

Rob Kaplan

This is another book of use to science writers who need a quote or an anecdote to liven up an article. A literary agent, Kaplan has organized text thematically with topics including: "Science, Spirit and Religion;" "Chaos and Order;" "Where Did We Come From and Where Are We Headed;" "Ambition;" and "Success and Failure."

John Fripp, Michael Fripp, and Deborah Fripp

When you need a lead or an ending, you may find this book useful. It has such quotes as: "The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry, and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers." — Lewis Thomas in The Medusa and the Snail, 1979.