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The Faber Book of Science

Edited By: John Carey

528 pages, no illustrations

Faber & Faber

Paperback | Mar 2005 | #59055 | ISBN: 0571179010
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NHBS Price: £15.99 $19/€18 approx
Hardback | Sep 1995 | #48387 | ISBN: 0571163521
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About this book

This marvellous, unique anthology has an unusual history. John Carey is a Professor of English, who several years ago began a self-education programme in science. After struggling through tome after tome of impenetrable science writing he conceived the idea of this collection: a tour d'horizon of science, through clear and accessible prose. The result of his labours is a triumph of the editor's art, the quintessential bedside book.| We look down a microscope with Ronald Ross as he discovers the secret of malaria; join the workers in Edison's laboratory as they put together the first light bulb and watch the construction of the world's first atomic pile. From a Scientific American competition of the 1920s Carey has rescued a lucid explanation of Einstein's Theory of Relativity; and from our own age, Steve Jones explains the Human Genome Project and Richard Dawkins propounds his vision of the DNA-centred universe.


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