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Selected and introduced by Richard Dawkins, "The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing" is a celebration of the finest writing by scientists for a wider audience--revealing that many of the best scientists have displayed as much imagination and skill with the pen as they have in the laboratory.
This is a rich and vibrant collection that captures the poetry and excitement of communicating scientific understanding and scientific effort from 1900 to the present day. Professor Dawkins has included writing from a diverse range of scientists, some of whom need no introduction, and some of whose works have become modern classics, while others may be less familiar--but all convey the passion of great scientists writing about their science.
&i;"If you could only ever read one science book, this should probably be it".&o;
- Amanda Gefter, New Scientist (March 2008).
Part I: The Natural World
Part II: Science and Scientists
Part III: Concepts
Part IV: Truth, Beauty, Imagination
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Richard Dawkins is Former Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science, Oxford University; Fellow of New College, Oxford; Fellow of the Royal Society; and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.